Peripheral Arterial Disease

Learn more about peripheral arterial disease (PAD), including risks, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and safety.

Are You At Risk for PAD?

As many as 12 million Americans have Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) and 50% of people with PAD do not experience symptoms! PAD is a condition in which the arteries that carry blood to the legs and feet become blocked from the build up of plaque. If you have PAD, you are at greater risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

If you answer yes to any of the following questions, you may benefit from a screening to detect if you have PAD.

  • Age 65 years or older
  • Age > 50 years and history of smoking or diabetes
  • Age < 50 years with diabetes and one other risk factor such as: smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol
  • History of vascular disease, heart attack, or stroke
  • Discomfort, cramping or pain in the legs or buttocks when walking
  • Painful sores or ulcers on the legs or feet that are not healing

Treatment for PAD

Patients can be assured that they will get the best treatment for their particular need. We form long term relationships with our patients built on trust and open communication of all their options for vascular care.  Some patients need one procedure, some need multiple and others need no surgery at all. Because of our extensive training, we offer multiple options to treat vascular disease:

  • Bypass surgery
  • Endovascular or ‘minimally invasive’ procedures:
    • Angioplasty
    • Stent
    • Atherectomy
  • Medical management and surveillance alongside your primary care physician

Watch this video to learn more about the catheter used in minimally invasive procedures to treat conditions like PAD.

Information posted on this Web site by SIR or Coastal Vascular & Interventional, PLLC should not be considered medical advice and is not intended to replace consultation or discussion with an interventional radiologist or vascular surgeon. It is very important that individuals with specific medical problems or questions consult with their doctor or other health care professional.

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