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Board-Certified Cardiologists, Dr’s Kirit Patel, Michele DeGregorio and Abdul Halabi are excited to announce their first out-patient vascular lab, the Vascular Center of Michigan, in Clarkston Michigan. The Vascular Center of Michigan offers minimally-invasive procedures to treat peripheral artery disease (PAD) in the upper and lower leg, a serious and common condition associated with an increased risk for heart attack and stroke. The first procedures at Vascular Center of Michigan were performed by Dr. Michele DeGregorio on October 7th 2015.
Affecting an estimated eight to twelve million people in the U.S., PAD is a debilitating disease that occurs when arteries become narrowed or blocked by plaque build-up, restricting blood flow.[i] PAD commonly affects arteries in the upper legs and can cause recurrent and painful muscle cramping in the thigh and/or upper calf. The pain can be described as dull, causing heaviness or tightness in the muscles, but often will stop when the person is at rest. Experiencing pain, even while at rest or while sleeping is a sign of a more severe disease. If not properly treated, PAD can lead to life-threatening complications, and is associated with a four to five times higher risk for heart attack or stroke[ii] and even loss of the affected limb.
“What many people don’t realize is that PAD in the legs is often connected to health conditions in other parts of the body, especially in the heart,” said Kirit Patel, MD. “We have a way to effectively treat PAD, and we are excited that our Out-patient Lab is able to offer these therapies to our patients.”
When blood flow is decreased within the artery an intervention is needed. Balloon angioplasty is designed to help restore blood flow by reopening blocked arteries. During the procedure, an inflated balloon pushes the plaque away to create a channel for blood to flow. The balloon is then removed. If the artery does not remain open and free of plaque, after the balloon is deflated, we will then place in the artery, a small metal mesh compressed on a balloon called a Stent. The Stent is expanded on another balloon and then the balloon is deflated, leaving the Stent behind adhering to the arterial wall, holding the vessel open.
Balloons, Stents and Atherectomy are effective treatments designed to open arteries and to restore vital blood flow back the body. Our center performs these procedures in a relaxed, patient centered environment, discharging patients home sometimes with-in a few hours.
The Vascular Center of Michigan features Board-Certified Cardiologists that are vascular experts along with multidisciplinary staff that have extensive experience. Our state-of-the-art endovascular center is located in the Clarkston Medical Building, allowing us to diagnose and treat a variety of arterial and venous diseases. The Clarkston Medical Building offers on-site Computerized Tomography, Pharmacy and ER Services. Oakland country can count on Vascular Center of Michigan for their Cardiac and Vascular treatment needs.
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[i] National Heart Lung And Blood Institute (Nhlbi). Facts About Peripheral Arterial Disease (P.A.D.) (n.d.): n. pag. Web.
[ii] Aboyans, Victor, Ileana Desormais, Philippe Lacroix, Johanna Salazar, Michael H. Criqui, and Marc Laskar. “The General Prognosis of Patients With Peripheral Arterial Disease Differs According to the Disease Localization.” JAMA. 55.9 (2010): 898-903.