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Leg Pain and Poor Blood Circulation -- Why You Shouldn't Ignore It Mar 1st, 2021

Leg pain is often the first symptom of vascular disease, but each person’s experience varies. Your leg pain may range from mild to severe. You may feel the pain when you’re active or at rest. As the pain comes and goes, it’s easy to ignore it and wait for it...

Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine Jan 28th, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered dramatic changes throughout everyday life — and in the medical community as well. Not only are providers across the country postponing elective procedures, but many are also encouraging people to avoid in-office appointments to reduce their risk of exposure to this highly contagious coronavirus. But...

Amputation Is Preventable Aug 9th, 2016

Effecting 15 percent of patients with diabetes, a foot ulcer is an open sore or wound commonly found on the bottom of the foot. Anyone who has diabetes can develop a foot ulcer, and approximately 20 percent of patients with diabetes who develop a foot ulcer will require an amputation....

Treatments for PAD Jul 12th, 2016

Peripheral arterial disease, P.A.D., is a condition in which your arteries become clogged due to a buildup of extra cholesterol and fat. Normally seen in the lower limbs, P.A.D. can be seen anywhere in the body. This is a common disease, however just like clogged arteries in the heart can...

PAD- Are You At Risk? Jun 16th, 2016

Peripheral arterial disease, known as P.A.D., develops when arteries become clogged due to extra cholesterol and fat. PAD usually occurs in the lower limbs, such as the legs and feet, but can be seen in other areas of the body. This is a common, yet serious, disease that can be...

Relief For Swollen Legs May 30th, 2016

If you’re experiencing swelling in the legs and feet this summer, you may find that it is not only embarrassing but uncomfortable and impractical. Leg swelling or edema affects many older adults due to a variety of reasons. Luckily there is relief for patients who suffer from vascular conditions affecting...

Minimally Invasive Treatment for Varicose Veins Mar 15th, 2016

Varicose veins (commonly referred to as spider veins) are common in older women. By the age of 50, approximately 41% of women experience varicose veins. In addition to cosmetic concerns, they cause pain and fatigue and sometimes threaten the health of the limbs. Varicose veins affect 22 million women and...

Foot Ulcers and PAD Nov 24th, 2015

Foot ulcers can be a common occurrence in diabetic patients, but they may pose a greater health risk for those who also have Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD). At Heart Vascular and Leg in Bakersfield, CA, we offer diagnosis and treatment for PAD and other venous or vascular diseases that can impact overall health....

Venaseal: Exciting New Option For Venous Disease Oct 26th, 2015

Venous and vascular diseases affecting the limbs can have an impact on the quality of daily life and present a real risk of limb loss if it is left untreated long enough. Advances in technology provide interventional physicians like Dr. Vinod Kumar the ability to save patient’s limbs with minimally...

Avoid Limb Amputation With Vascular Treatment Sep 27th, 2015

Until recently, patients suffering from vascular insufficiency in their legs due to a variety of health concerns and systemic diseases like diabetes were at risk of losing a limb to address the problem. Amputation was the common outcome in many cases in order to restore health and resolve leg pain,...

Amputations Are Preventable Jul 19th, 2015

There are more than 80,000 non-traumatic lower limb amputations in the United States every year. Sixty percent or more are in patients suffering from diabetes. AMPUTATION IS PREVENTABLE Patient with diabetes should have regular foot screenings and be screened for peripheral arterial disease, at least every 6 months. Do You Have...

Treatment Options for P.A.D. Jul 19th, 2015

The goal at the Vascular and Leg Center is to treat Peripheral Arterial Disease quickly and conveniently in an outpatient setting. After a screening and diagnosis, our doctors will develop a treatment plan to: Reduce painful symptoms Improve your quality of life Increase mobility Prevent heart attack, stroke or limb...

Why Are My Feet Swollen? Jul 19th, 2015

What Causes Swollen Feet There are many factors and conditions that can cause swelling in the legs and/or feet, including: Prolonged periods of sitting or standing, often made worse in heat Overweight/obesityChronic venous insufficiency, caused by faulty valves in the veins of the legs Cardiovascular and/or respiratory diseases Certain medications such...

Are You at Risk for P.A.D? Apr 26th, 2015

Did You Know… Adults over age 50 with diabetes are at a 3X greater risk for developing peripheral arterial disease. Other conditions or habits that raise the risk for P.A.D. include: History of smoking Chronic kidney disease High cholesterol Test Your Risk Take our 60 second P.A.D. Risk Assessment Quiz to find...