Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)
Treating Peripheral Artery Disease
Peripheral Artery Disease, also known as PAD, is a circulatory condition in which narrowed blood vessels reduce blood flow to the arms and legs. PAD is caused by fatty deposits and calcium build up in the walls of the arteries. This is known as atherosclerosis. The condition can cause pain during physical activity or even at rest. It can also cause ulcers which, if left untreated, can lead to amputation. Risk factors for PAD include aging, family history of PAD, diabetes, high cholesterol and smoking. Depending on the seriousness of the condition, PAD can be treated conservatively or aggressively. For less severe cases of PAD, treatment may include medication, exercise and/or cessation of smoking. For more severe cases, an angiogram may be performed and a stint or balloon inserted into the artery. In some cases, a surgical bypass may be performed. For more information on treatment for your PAD, please make an appointment to see our specialists.