Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)
What is Peripheral Arterial Disease and do I have the symptoms?
PAD is a serious disorder resulting from reduced blood flow in arteries that is diagnosed using specialized testing. Treatments range from lifestyle changes and medications to endovascular and open surgical procedures.
Peripheral Arterial Disease Symptoms and Risk Factors
Do you have one or more of these risk factors?
High Blood Pressure
Unhealing Wounds or Ulcers
Cramping or Pain After Exercise
Smoking History & Over 50
Pain in Toes or Feet While Resting
Swollen, Painful, or Discolored Legs
Potential Benefits of Seeking Treatment
- Reduce Pain and Swelling
- Heal Wounds and Ulcers
- Prevent Amputations
- Take Action and Prevent Strokes
- Treat Veins and Reduce Leg Pain
- Maintain Mobility and Independence
The PAD screening process starts with the Ankle Brachial Index (ABI), which is completed by taking a serious precise blood pressure readings. If indicated, an arterial ultrasound is ordered and completed by the VasCare sonography team. The next step is an angiogram completed by one of our vascular surgeons in our state of the art diagnostic suite. An angiogram is completed with a type of X-ray machine.
Treatment for identified PAD will include recommended lifestyle changes and medications. In some cases, a surgical intervention is required to re-establish blood flow into the blocked arteries. Endovascular procedures can be completed in our state of the art surgical suite located in VasCare’s outpatient clinic. In some serious situations, a more invasive surgical procedure may be required.