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PERIPHERAL ARTERY DISEASE

What is Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)?

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD), also known as atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries, is a disorder of the blood vessels that carry oxygen to the parts of your body other than your heart.

Just like the vessels in your heart, the peripheral arteries can build up cholesterol deposits called plaque inside the artery walls. This can narrow the artery and makes it difficult for the blood to deliver oxygen to the body's muscles and tissue. When blockages occur in the blood vessels to the legs this causes claudication, or leg pain with activity or exercise.

Severe PAD can cause changes in skin color, sores or ulcers on the legs and feet, and can eventually lead to gangrene and loss of a foot or leg. PAD may have many symptoms other than calf pain, including numbness, weakness, and heaviness in the thigh or buttock area when walking, but is relieved by rest.

PAD also includes blockages in the aorta, kidney, arm and neck blood vessels. These can show up as a stroke, aneurysm, high blood pressure or pain.

The Vascular physicians of Associated Cardiovascular Consultants (ACC) are specialists in the diagnosis and treatment of Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD).

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SCHEDULE an APPOINTMENT

Please call 856-354-8346 to schedule an appointment with one of our vascular physicians, or contact Mary Whitener, RN, BSN, our vascular nurse, at 856-344-4037.

DID YOU KNOW?

One in every 20 Americans over the age of 50 has P.A.D., a condition that raises the risk for heart attack and stroke. (NIH.gov)