Peripheral artery disease (PAD) AKA peripheral vascular disease or peripheral heart disease affects blood vessels outside the brain and heart, basically causing them to narrow. This narrowing, which is often a manifestation of arterial blockage (atherosclerosis), restricts blood flow to the arms, legs, kidneys or stomach. The legs are most often affected in most Peripheral Artery Disease sufferers. Left untreated Peripheral Artery Disease can result in heart attack or even gangrene of affected limbs necessitating amputation.
About 10 million people over age fifty (50) here in the US have peripheral vascular disease.
Doctors typically identify players in Peripheral Artery Disease and aim to eliminate or at least manage them. For instance, high cholesterol is often treated by a diet low in saturated and trans fats and cholesterol. High blood pressure is lowered by dietary and sometimes pharmaceutical means.
Can stem cells benefit Peripheral Artery Disease patients? Yes, at least for folks with blocked arteries. Researchers have found that bone marrow derived stem cells injected into blocked blood vessels promote the growth of new, healthy ones. This on-line video news segment concerns this: http://ducknetweb.blogspot.com/2010/08/stem-cells-used-to-treat-peripheral.html
By the time most people with PAD reach Dr. Steenblock they typically have been wrestling with it as well as other chronic health problems for some time. Many take a number of drugs, some of which actually deplete compounds such as CoQ10 that are integral to optimal circulation and blood vessel health.
With this in mind, Dr. Steenblock approaches his PAD patients with a number of goals in mind:
(1) Determine what is going on in their body including disease processes both pronounced and subtle. To do this he takes and reviews their medical history and prior tests, then does his own exams and testing. Unlike most conventional doctors he looks at players they tend to overlook or dismiss such as heavy metals, GI tract problems such as infections that produce endotoxins that wind up in the patient’s circulation, nighttime (sleeping) oxygen levels, genetic factors, and nutritional, dietary and lifestyle influences including the vitamins, herbs and herbal compounds taken on a regular basis.
In addition, Dr. Steenblock approaches diagnostics with a successful track record in catching missed or faulty diagnoses made my other doctors, something that he has been doing since his days as a pathologist or “medical sleuth”.
(2) Take what is revealed in the patient’s medical history and various exams to formulate a precise, targeted, personalized treatment plan. This includes dealing with excess heavy metals if present, restoring insulin sensitivity (in PAD patients with Type 2 diabetes), substituting gentle natural compounds for harsh drugs when possible, addressing hormone imbalances or deficiencies and infections (including subtle or smoldering ones), plus introduction of specific nutritional, dietary, supplement, and lifestyle measures aimed at encouraging a halting of disease progression and then reversal and recovery.
As part of treating PAD, Dr. Steenblock also utilizes specific medical devices such as external counterpulsation and Periodic Acceleration Therapy to help strengthen the heart and circulation as well as open up plaque narrowed arteries and stimulate the growth and healing of the body by the person’s own bone marrow derived stem cells.
As most patients with PAD are middle-aged or older, the cache of stem cells in their bone marrow tends to contain lots of senescent cells. Senescent stem cells are no longer able to divide and multiple and therefore have become useless in the healing processes of the body. In fact they actually are responsible, in part, for some of the inflammation that occurs in the older person’s body that can aggravate heart and circulatory problems such as PAD. Dr. Steenblock uses injections of the FDA approved stem cell mobilizing drug Neupogen® to purge out these devitalized stem cells which prods the body to make massive numbers of healthy, robust replacements. Dr. Steenblock then harvests this stem cell-rich tissue and gives it back to the patient by intravenous drip, which provides damaged blood vessels with stem cells that can help affect repair and restoration.
With tweaking along the way this program helps halt and reverse PAD and makes a recurrence of the condition less likely.
In his decades of private practice, Dr Steenblock has established himself as a pioneer in many fields of medicine. From stroke care and acute brain trauma to regenerative and cell-based medicine in the treatment of ALS, Cerebral Palsy and other chronic and degenerative diseases, what has separated Dr Steenblock from his peers is his unique and comprehensive approach to patient care:
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