peripheral artery disease

Plaque buildup in the pelvis and leg arteries that narrow the vessels, making it harder for blood flow to those areas.

This process is the same as heart disease, which increases the risk of a heart attack or stroke.

PAD Education

Symptoms

  • Intermittent cramps in your hips, thighs, or calves with exertion and relieved by rest
     

  • Foot wounds that won't heal
     

  • Decreased temperature of lower extremities

Risk Factors

  • Smoking

  • Diabetes

  • High Blood Pressure

  • High Cholesterol

  • Age (the older you are, the higher the risk)

  • Obesity

Treatment Options

  • Treating risk factors to lower risk for heart attack and stroke
     

  • Supervised Walking Program
     

  • Medications: Cilostazol (Pletal) which increases walking distance by 40%
     

  • Angioplasty - a balloon is inflated inside of the artery to unblock it. A stent may also be used to hold the artery open

Angiography

X-Ray imaging of blood vessels using a contrast injection

Non-Invasive Vascular

Ultrasound and pressure/ pulse volume recordings take pictures of flow

Stenting

A wire-mesh tube (Stent) props open the artery and is left there permanently

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914 S 12th St.

Altoona PA 16602

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814-201-2309

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