Peripheral arteries are the group of arteries that carry blood from your heart to your head, organs and limbs.
Atherosclerosis, a buildup in your arteries of a sticky substance called plaque, causes peripheral artery disease (PAD). It’s also referred to as peripheral vascular disease, or PVD. This condition most often occurs in your legs.
When you develop PAD, it’s difficult for blood to travel to your body parts, particularly your legs. If your body parts don’t get enough blood, the tissue there can begin to die without proper care. This condition is called critical limb ischemia (CLI).
You’re more likely to develop PAD if you:
PAD can lead to dangerous conditions such as strokes and heart attacks, so our doctors are always ready to provide the care you need.
Your PAD diagnosis and treatment at Aurora will include:
If you have PAD, the most common symptom you’ll notice is painful cramping in your calf, thigh or buttocks when you walk or move. The feeling usually goes away when you rest.
You might initially think this leg pain is just a normal part of aging. However, if you have signs of PAD, it’s important to see your doctor.
Other symptoms include:
If you have PAD symptoms, your doctor will talk with you about how you’re feeling and do a physical exam.
If further tests are needed, your doctor may order one of the following:
Learn more about heart and vascular testing and diagnosis at Aurora.
We work to relieve your symptoms and prevent your peripheral arteries from getting worse. We also want to help you avoid a heart attack or stroke. To accomplish those goals, we may need to reopen some narrow or blocked arteries.
Our most common PAD treatments include: