What is Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)?

Peripheral artery disease (PAD), also known as peripheral arterial disease or peripheral vascular disease (PVD), is a very common condition affecting 20% of Americans 65 and older. PAD develops most commonly as a result of atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, which occurs when cholesterol and scar tissue build up, forming a substance called plaque inside the arteries. This is a very serious condition. The clogged arteries cause decreased blood flow to the legs, which can cause pain when walking, and eventually even lead to gangrene and amputation.

Severe peripheral artery disease can lead to foot sores or wounds on feet that are not healing, which raises the risk for permanent tissue damage and leg amputation or foot amputation. PAD is also considered a risk factor for heart attack and stroke.

How Is Peripheral Artery Disease Treated?

Angioplasty, Atherectomy and Stenting are minimally invasive treatments for Peripheral Artery Disease that Precision VIR physicians offer to directly increase the flow through the blocked or narrowed part of the artery.

Common Questions About Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Treatment

Success Rates of Treatments?

We use safe, effective procedures with very high success rates. In fact, 90% of patients who undergo our procedures report an improvement of their symptoms.

Will the Procedure Hurt?

Before the procedure, local anesthetic is applied to the area where the catheter will be inserted. Plus, you will be given a sedative to help you relax before the procedure.

How Do I Prepare for Procedures?

We will carefully explain instructions on how to prepare for the procedure. We will also provide you with written instructions.

At Precision VIR, Excellent Patient Care Is Our Passion

Our specialists will take the time to answer your questions about Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) and your treatment options.

Schedule an Appointment

Request an appointment for a Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) evaluation if you're experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Leg pain when walking
  • Loss of hair on legs
  • Color change in skin of legs or feet
  • Aching in feet or toes when resting
  • Cold legs or feet
  • Sores on legs or feet that won't heal
  • Aching in feet or toes when resting
  • Leg or hip pain that stops when you cease activity

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