SUBMITTED NEWS RELEASE
The Wound Care Center at Northern Nevada Medical Center recently acquired the SensiLase PAD-IQ Non-Invasive Vascular Tests technology. This technology allows the Wound Care Center to provide more comprehensive Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) detection. The SensiLase System allows physicians to assess arteries for tissue perfusion, accurately diagnose and quantify PAD, and predict healing potential using the skin perfusion pressure and the pulse volume recording technologies.
“This technology is so innovative. We have several ways of measuring large vessels, but up until now, very limited ways available locally of measuring capillary flow and skin perfusion. Having Type 2 Diabetes or being a tobacco user can lead to damage of the small capillaries. Using SensiLase is a way to measure the capillary loss. SensiLase allows us to rapidly diagnose peripheral arterial disease which can be life threatening if undiagnosed,” said Todd Inman, MD, Medical Director of the Wound Care Center.
Peripheral artery disease is a slow and progressive circulatory condition of the blood vessels that leads to narrowing and hardening of the arteries that supply blood to the legs and feet. The narrowing of the blood vessels leads to decreased blood flow, which can injure nerves and other tissues. This problem occurs when fatty material (plaque) builds up on the walls of the arteries.
As a result, individuals with PAD can experience nerve and tissue damage as well as an increased risk of heart attack or stroke. PAD is a common disorder that usually affects men over age 50; however, anyone can be at higher risk if they have a history of:
· Abnormal cholesterol
· Heart disease
· High blood pressure
· Kidney disease involving hemodialysis
The classic symptoms are pain, achiness, fatigue, burning, or discomfort in the muscles of your feet, calves, or thighs. These symptoms usually appear during walking or exercise and go away after several minutes of rest. Your legs or feet may also feel numb, cool to the touch, and the skin may appear pale. If undetected or left untreated, PAD mortality rate can be 50 percent or more.
The Wound Care Center at Northern Nevada Medical Center has been recognized by Healogics, Inc., the world’s leading wound care Management Company, receiving the Center of Distinction Award for its outstanding patient outcomes in 2011.
For more information call the Wound Care Center at (775)352-5353.