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Peripheral Artery Disease

Helping You Get Back Into the Swing of Things

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a common circulatory problem caused by narrowed arteries that restrict blood flow to your extremities – most often your legs. PAD occurs as fatty deposits (plaque) builds up along the wall of an artery, causing a progressive thickening of the artery’s lining. This, in turn, causes the artery to narrow, which then restricts, or even blocks, blood flow. This is the same process that leads to heart attack, except that it is happening in the legs.

peripheral artery disease

Symptoms

  • Painful cramping in your hip, thigh or calf muscles after activities like walking or climbing stairs
  • Leg numbness or weakness
  • Coldness in your lower leg or foot, especially when compared with the other side
  • Sores that won’t heal on legs, feet, or toes
  • A color change in your legs
  • Hair loss or slower hair growth on your legs and feet
  • Shiny skin on your legs
  • Weak or no pulse in your legs or feet
  • Can be associated with erectile dysfunction in men
  • Your toenails start growing slower
  • When advanced, causes constant leg pain even when you’re at rest or lying down

Risk Factors

  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Age, especially those 50+
  • A family history of peripheral artery disease, heart disease or stroke
peripheral artery disease

During an atherectomy (pictured here), we insert a special catheter with a sharp blade on the end to remove plaque from the blood vessel.

Treatment

The goal of treatment is to reopen the clogged arteries. We offer two different treatment options, both of which we perform in-office using a local anesthesia.

 

ANGIOPLASTY & STENTING

In this nonsurgical procedure, we use a catheter to insert a tiny balloon into your artery. Once in place, we inflate the balloon, which opens the artery for improved blood flow. We then insert a small, metal mesh tube – called a “stent” – into the artery to maintain the expansion and provide support inside the artery.

 

ATHERECTOMY

We perform this procedure using a special catheter, which we insert into the artery through a small puncture in the skin and artery. Using the catheter, we then remove the plaque and collect it into a chamber in the catheter’s tip, effectively decreasing/eliminating the blockage from the artery.

Are you ready to get your life back? Well, we’re ready to help. Reach out today and get started.