Are you at risk for Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)?
What is Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)?
As we age, we may face unexpected health challenges. Aging can weaken blood vessels, causing circulatory issues that can lead to serious complications if left unmanaged. Peripheral Vascular Disease is a common disorder that can lead to life-threatening situations. Unless the underlying disease is managed, those with Peripheral Vascular Disease could face amputation of the affected leg or be at risk of heart attack or stroke.
Understanding this disease and your treatment options can prevent tragedy. At CLI Vascular Specialists, we offer minimally invasive procedures to treat Peripheral Arterial Disease in a friendly outpatient setting.
Who's most at risk for PAD?
What are the symptoms of Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)?
The symptoms and severity of Peripheral Vascular Disease vary from person to person. The most common symptoms include pain, aches, and cramps in the legs while walking, called claudication. Cramps can occur in the buttock, calf, hip, or thigh, and usually go away with rest.
When PVD is left untreated and allowed to worsen, pain lingers for longer and can be triggered while laying down.
Other PAD symptoms include:
See the signs of PVD
Minimally invasive treatment options for Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)
The advancements of medical technology in the last 10 years has allowed advanced physicians to safely and effectively enter the small arteries in the ankle and foot, which were once considered impossible to treat.
Mastering these advanced techniques has prevented the loss of a foot or limb on countless patients over the years.
Following diagnosis, our vascular specialists can guide you through your treatment options depending on your specific case. For some, the solution may lie in simple lifestyle changes that require consistency. Others may require medication or minimally invasive surgery.
Angiograms – minimally invasive diagnostic procedure used to confirm the presence of disease.
Angioplasty – the expansion of a small balloon in the artery at the area of the blockage to re-establishe blood flow through the artery, after which the balloon is removed.
Stent Placement – We place a small metal mesh tube that may accompany balloon angioplasty that help the vessel remain open.
Atherectomy – The removal of plaque (cholesterol, fat, and calcium deposits) in order to return the elasticity of the blood vessel.
Catching Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) early is important
PAD Patients are at more than 6 times the risk of death from coronary heart disease as those without PAD. If you’re experiencing symptoms, see a doctor.
During your initial visit we will:
Important PAD & CLI Facts
Eight million Americans suffer from PAD.
160,000+ amputations occur every year in in U.S. as a result of untreated PAD.
54% of those amputation patients never even received a diagnostic angiogram.
Angiograms reduce the odds of amputation by 90%