Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)

Peripheral Artery Disease is a narrowing of the peripheral arteries, most commonly in the arteries of the legs and pelvis. When you develop PAD, your extremities don’t receive enough blood flow to keep up with demand. This causes symptoms, most notably leg pain when walking.  Peripheral artery disease is also likely to be a sign of a more widespread accumulation of fatty deposits in your arteries (atherosclerosis). This condition may be reducing blood flow to your heart and brain, as well as your legs.

Symptoms of PAD

Symptoms of Peripheral Artery Disease include:

  • Painful cramping in your hip, thigh or calf muscles after activity, such as walking or climbing stairs
  • Leg numbness or weakness
  • Coldness in your lower leg or foot, especially when compared with the other side
  • Sores on your toes, feet or legs that won’t heal
  • A change in the color of your legs
  • Hair loss or slower hair growth on your feet and legs
  • Slower growth of your toenails
  • Shiny skin on your legs
  • No pulse or a weak pulse in your legs or feet
  • Erectile dysfunction in men

Expectations

Some patients may experience temporary soreness or some slight swelling, which can be treated effectively with over-the-counter, non-aspirin pain relievers and typically subsides within the first five days.

Treatment Options

Treatment options for PAD include:

  • Angioplasty & Stenting
  • Laser Atherectomy
  • Rotational Atherectomy
  • Directional Atherectomy
  • Orbital Atherectomy