Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)
Peripheral artery disease (PAD), also known as peripheral arterial disease, is a narrowing of the peripheral arteries to the legs, stomach, arms, and head, though most commonly it is found in the legs.
Plaque build up on the walls of the arteries, known as atherosclerosis, narrows the arteries, making it harder for blood to flow through. If a blood clot forms, it can stop the flow of blood. This can cause a heart attack or stroke. This is similar to cardiovascular disease.
If the blockage is in the legs, as it is in most cases, this can lead to leg pain, difficulty walking, changes in skin color, cold feet, and sores or ulcers. A total loss of circulation to the legs and feet can cause gangrene and amputation.
PAD often goes undiagnosed by healthcare professionals as many people mistake the symptoms for something else.
Some added risks for peripheral arterial disease are:
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- High cholesterol
- Aging (people over the age of 50 have an increased risk)
PAD is a potentially life-threatening condition, but the good news is it can be managed and properly treated.
Our doctors are experts at working with peripheral artery disease and helping people live a better quality of life. We have also helped many people avoid amputation.