Dr. Khusrow Niazi
This week I sat down with Emory School of Medicine’s Dr. Khusrow Niazi, Interventional Cardiologist and Director of Peripheral Vascular Interventions. Dr. Niazi is a cardiologist but is different from many other cardiologists as he treats disease from the head to toes. He specializes in blockages of the artery which may involve coronary arteries around the heart which may cause chest pain or heart attack, carotid arteries which may cause TIA or strokes, arteries to the leg which may cause leg discomfort or slow wound healing. In addition he is one of the few cardiologists who also treat veins of the legs which may cause leg cramps, swelling, heaviness or varicose veins. He has lectured nationally and internationally and has helped many patients from getting their legs amputated.
Dr. Niazi appeared with the goal of providing the folks in the community with a cardiologist’s perspective on what they need to know about vascular disease which can affect the arteries that supply the brain, heart, and limbs. We talked about things we can do to reduce our risk of disease in the vascular system. He also shared recommendations on the types of tests and studies that folks who are at greater risk for vascular disease should consider having conducted. Many of these tests are quite basic and can be performed at their local primary care physician’s office. Persons who should consider regular monitoring for the presence of vascular disease include those who are over-weight, have diabetes, high cholesterol levels, hypertension, as well as those who have close relatives with a history of vascular problems.
Dr. Niazi advised our listeners to not ignore symptoms that might indicate a vascular problem exists such as chest tightness/pain, dizzy spells or changes in vision, speech, or ability to walk, pain in the lower legs when walking, shortness of breath at rest or with mild activity, etc. These can be signs that vascular problems exist that could potentially be corrected with early intervention. He also spoke about the fact that persons who have a wound on their lower leg or foot need to be evaluated for the presence of correctable vascular disease. Many of these people go on to have amputations when they may have been prevented by intervention by a vascular specialist.
Dr. Khusrow Niazi, MD, of Emory University School of Medicine
- Doctor of Medicine, King Edward Medical College, Lahore, Pakistan
- Residency, Cardiology, Kettering Medical Center
- Fellowship William Beaumont Hospital
- Multiple published research articles