Have you ever had trouble walking the fairways or the putting greens due to cramps in your calves? Does the
pain cause you to feel like you can’t finish your round of golf? This may be a sign of hardening of the arteries or plaque in the arteries of your legs that constrict the blood supply to the leg muscles. AdventHealth specializes in medical therapies, minimally invasive outpatient procedures and surgical techniques that restore blood flow to the legs, so you can play without pain.

Treatment Options
If you suffer from an arterial or venous condition, AdventHealth offers a full range of treatment options including:

  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair
    An abdominal aortic aneurysm is often repaired with a stent that excludes the aneurysm or surgery that removes the aneurysm and replaces it with a graft.
  • Arterial Bypass
    Arterial bypass is used when blockages cannot be reopened with a balloon or stent. Blockages within an artery are bypassed via surgery.
  • Endarterectomy
    This is a procedure in which your surgeon cleans out an arterial blockage. The most common location where this is performed is in the carotid artery, which leads to the brain.
  • Endovascular Therapy
    Endovascular therapy refers to a minimally invasive technique in which the diagnosis of artery blockages can be done via catheterization and treated with a balloon or stent.
  • Varicose and Spider Vein Therapy
    Common treatments for these conditions include ablation (an IV is inserted into the vein, and the vein is burned out) and injection therapy (tiny incisions are made, and the veins are removed).

Prevention Tips
Prevention is in your hands. You have the power to make lifestyle changes that can significantly affect your vascular health.

  • Avoid alcohol.
  • Avoid or limit caffeine.
  • Avoid processed foods.
  • Eat a diet low in trans fats, sodium and sugar.
  • Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy weight.
  • Get adequate sleep.
  • Manage stress.
  • Monitor blood pressure and cholesterol.
  • Quit smoking.
  • Talk to your doctor about the potential benefits of taking a daily aspirin.

Meet Dr. Ralph Ierardi, Your Local Vascular Surgeon
Dr. Ralph Ierardi is a board-certified vascular surgeon and his areas of expertise include the use of non-operative and minimally invasive therapies to manage arterial and venous conditions and diseases. To make an appointment call (407) 303-4080 or visit AdventHealthCardiovascularInstitute.com