Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)
A Major Cause of Blocked Arteries in the Legs
Mercy Health's comprehensively-trained vascular surgeons are experts in the treatment of PAD, having performed over 110 successful procedures in the last year to improve the overall quality of life for their patients.
What is Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)?
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is the buildup of plaque in the peripheral arteries leading to the stomach, head, arms and most commonly the legs. When the narrowing and blockage of arteries – or atherosclerosis – occurs, it decreases the blood flow and causes pain, difficulty walking and discoloration of the limbs. Complete loss of circulation can lead to amputation.
Smoking and diabetes are major risks for PAD. Early diagnosis is critical with close monitoring to determine the need for intervention.
The primary method for treating PAD is peripheral vascular intervention, which begins with diagnostic testing and consultations with your physician. Depending on the extent of the disease, intervention is often a minimally invasive outpatient (same day) procedure that restores flow to the involved extremity. If non-surgical methods aren't enough, your physician will pursue surgical bypass.