Arteries are the specialized blood vessels that carry blood from your heart to all of your body’s organs. Your peripheral arteries, in particular, are the group of arteries that carry blood to your legs, arms, stomach and head.
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is caused by atherosclerosis, a buildup of a sticky substance called plaque, in arteries outside your heart. PAD is most often a problem in the legs.
PAD can make it difficult for blood to travel to your legs, arms and stomach. It can also cause blood-deprived body parts to die, a condition called critical limb ischemia.
Learn more about peripheral artery disease (PAD).
Our care focuses on preventing peripheral artery disease from getting worse and reopening narrow or blocked arteries.
When you choose us for your PAD care, you can expect:
Your doctor may recommend a combination of these common PAD treatment options:
Your doctor may prescribe medications to prevent blood clots in your peripheral arteries. Medications may include blood thinners called anticoagulants that dissolve clots in your arteries.
Learn more about our anticoagulation clinics.
Your doctor may also recommend medication to lower your blood pressure and cholesterol to prevent heart attacks (a possible complication of PAD).
Your doctor will recommend lifestyle and health habits that can decrease your PAD symptoms. These changes might include:
These endovascular (inside the artery) treatments are less invasive than surgery. They involve very small incisions, which means you recover faster than you would with traditional surgery. You often can go home from the hospital the same day as your endovascular procedure.
The most common minimally invasive treatments for PAD are angioplasty and stenting. If your surgical team finds a narrow spot in your artery during testing, they will attempt to widen it with one or both of these procedures:
The two major surgeries to clear blocked arteries due to PAD include: