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What is the best treatment for vascular insufficiency?

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Dr. Tracy Berg
Surgery
5 doctors agree

In brief: Prevent/intervention

Vascular disease, like dr. Peter corrado states, needs a team approach as its a silent disease.
Medical therapies; antiplatelets, antihypertensives, blood sugar control and lipid control/statins. Monitoring; ultrasound and vascular exams to intervene with stents, balloons or surgery before a cardiovascular event. Most important stop or decrease the nictotine addiction.

In brief: Prevent/intervention

Vascular disease, like dr. Peter corrado states, needs a team approach as its a silent disease.
Medical therapies; antiplatelets, antihypertensives, blood sugar control and lipid control/statins. Monitoring; ultrasound and vascular exams to intervene with stents, balloons or surgery before a cardiovascular event. Most important stop or decrease the nictotine addiction.
Dr. Tracy Berg
Dr. Tracy Berg
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Dr. Otto Placik
good points
Dr. Eric Berkowitz
Radiology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Depends what kind

It depends what kind and how bad it is.
Venous(vein) insufficiency leads to varicose veins and ulcers in the legs. Treatment involves closing the abnormal veins. Arterial(artery) insufficiency leads to inability to walk and sometimes gangrene or limb loss. Treatment involves exercise, surgery, or angioplasty/stenting, with medication, to open damaged arteries or create new pathways(bypass).

In brief: Depends what kind

It depends what kind and how bad it is.
Venous(vein) insufficiency leads to varicose veins and ulcers in the legs. Treatment involves closing the abnormal veins. Arterial(artery) insufficiency leads to inability to walk and sometimes gangrene or limb loss. Treatment involves exercise, surgery, or angioplasty/stenting, with medication, to open damaged arteries or create new pathways(bypass).
Dr. Eric Berkowitz
Dr. Eric Berkowitz
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Dr. Linda Harris
Depending on what you mean by vascular insufficiency, the treatment differs. Veins can be treated with minimally invasive destruction or with compression garments. Arterial insufficiency that is mild can be treated with exercise and medication, while more severe disease requires intervention- bypass or minimally invasive. All patients with arterial disease also need medicine to decrease risk.
Dr. Peter Corrado
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: IT REALLY DEPENDS

The answer depends on certain factors.
If the problem is diffuse than the treatment is generally medical. Anti-platlet drugs are often used. In addition, attempts can be made to slow or prevent progression with meds to control blood pressure and cholesterol. If the problem is localized treatment may be surgical with bypass or stents. Prevention of progression would still be important.

In brief: IT REALLY DEPENDS

The answer depends on certain factors.
If the problem is diffuse than the treatment is generally medical. Anti-platlet drugs are often used. In addition, attempts can be made to slow or prevent progression with meds to control blood pressure and cholesterol. If the problem is localized treatment may be surgical with bypass or stents. Prevention of progression would still be important.
Dr. Peter Corrado
Dr. Peter Corrado
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