EAST VALLEY

Phone: (480) 292-8542

Central Phoenix

Phone: (480) 616-0356

About

ABOUT PERIPHERAL ARTERY DISEASE (PAD)

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a common circulatory problem in which narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to your limbs. When you develop PAD, your extremities — usually your legs — don’t receive enough blood flow to keep up with demand. This usually causes symptoms, most notably leg pain when walking (claudication) or even resting leg pain.

Evidence-based medicine shows the importance of identifying the disease in the early stages. Some of the later signs may include slow or non-healing foot or leg sores, discoloration in your legs or feet,  and/or early signs of gangrene (blackened toes). 40% of individuals will experience no pain but may have signs of muscle atrophy and discoloration. The CDC states that close to 8.5 million people in the US alone have PAD, and 12-20% of those individuals are age 60 or older. Undergoing yearly screenings is a great way to detect the disease early. If a patient is positive for PAD, we can then provide minimally invasive treatment options, and ultimately prevent limb amputation!

Could you or a loved one have PAD?

Signs & Symptoms
  • Painful cramping in your hip, thigh or calf muscles.
  • Numbness or weakness.
  • Coldness in your lower leg or foot.
  • Non-healing wounds or sores on your toes, feet or legs.
  • Gangrene (dead tissue due to lack of blood flow).
  • Discoloration of the extremities.
  • Hair loss or slower hair growth on your legs and feet.
  • No pulse or weak pulse in your legs and feet.
  • Erectile dysfunction in men.
Risk Factor
  • Age 50+ (male and postmenapausal women).
  • High blood pressure and/or high cholesterol.
  • Diabetes.
  • History of heart disease.
  • Smoking or use of tobacco products.
  • Obesity, physicaly inactive.
  • Family history of vascular disease.

OUR APPROACH

While we provide diagnostics on ALL stages of PAD, we firmly believe that early diagnosis saves limbs and lives. Our sole focus is on diagnosing and treating PAD, and then monitoring patients through annual follow up visits to be sure the disease does not return. Procedures, when needed, are performed by board certified and fellowship trained physicians.

Any individual who presents with one or more risk factors of PAD, as well as those with active signs/symptoms of PAD, can be referred to us for non-invasive diagnostic testing. This testing will include vascular ultrasound and an ankle-brachial index. These tests take approximately one hour to complete, and results are in the hands of referring physicians within 48 hours.

Contact Us to schedule a free vascular screening