Peripheral Artery Disease/
Peripheral Vascular Disease (PAD, PVD)
Fatty deposits may build up in the arteries of the legs and feet, causing those blood vessels to narrow or harden. This common condition, known as peripheral artery disease (PAD) or peripheral vascular disease (PVD), decreases blood flow.
Symptoms of peripheral artery disease, such as pain, weakness or burning, may appear during exertion and lessen with rest. These discomforts may be felt in the feet, legs or thighs. Left untreated, the condition increases risk for stroke or heart attack.
Cardiovascular patients at Abington Memorial Hospital benefit from advanced technology for diagnostics and treatment. PAD may be diagnosed by Doppler ultrasound and angiography. Therapies for peripheral artery disease include medications for less severe conditions and minimally invasive procedures for more progressed problems. Blockage may be relieved by angioplasty with stent placement to maintain open arteries.
Vascular bypass surgery is used to treat more severe conditions. This surgical procedure re-routes blood flow around the blockage in the artery by means of a graft.
For expertise on diagnosing and treating peripheral artery disease or peripheral vascular disease, contact the specialists at Abington’s Pilla Heart Center and Blank Vascular Center.