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Mercy Gilbert offers the latest treatment options for people suffering from arterial and vascular disease. Our network of medical, surgical and interventional radiology doctors are leaders in the diagnosis, treatment and research of peripheral arterial disease (PAD), also known as peripheral vascular disease (PVD).
What is arterial and vascular disease?
Peripheral arterial disease, or vascular disease, is a serious condition referring to the blockage or narrowing of blood vessels – usually in your legs and feet.
Knowing the symptoms of peripheral arterial disease
Many times leg pain associated with arthritis or as normal part of aging. But if you're experiencing recurring pain, cramping, or tiredness in your legs, it could be a sign of something serious. Left untreated, peripheral arterial disease can increase your risk of heart attack and stroke and may lead to gangrene or amputation. Peripheral arterial disease is very serious. It's important to recognize the symptoms, know the risks and see treatment.
Symptoms can include:
Risk factors for peripheral arterial disease include:
Mercy Gilbert offers several non-surgical and surgical life-saving treatments for peripheral arterial disease.
Angioplasty – a non-invasive procedure in which a balloon catheter opens blood flow in the body's arteries and veins.
Bypass grafting – a surgical procedure to re-route blood around an obstruction in the artery.
Plaque excision – a non invasive procedure for removal of plaque the artery.
Stenting – mesh-like metal tubes that can be expanded inside arteries to hold them open in addition to balloon angioplasty.
Thrombolysis> – a non-invasive procedure in where clot-removing drugs via a catheter are injected into the leg arteries.
Vascular surgery – surgery of the arteries and veins, including minimally-invasive catheter procedures and surgical reconstruction.
If you have questions about arterial and vascular disease or any other heart disease questions, please email us at HeartCare@dignityhealth.org. If you don't have a doctor, please call 480.728.5414, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and we'd be happy to help you find a professional who meets your needs.