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Peripheral artery disease (PAD), also called peripheral vascular disease (PVD), is a condition affecting the legs and sometimes the arms. It occurs when fatty plaque deposits collect in the blood vessels, causing them to become narrowed or blocked. If left untreated, PAD can lead to difficulty walking, complete immobility, and stroke.
Dignity Health’s Chandler Regional Medical Hospital and St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center are nationally recognized leaders in heart and vascular care, offering a full range of services to diagnose, treat, and manage peripheral artery disease in Arizona. For the care you need, Find a Doctor today.
Some people with PAD do not have symptoms. In those that do, the most common symptom is leg pain, caused by poor circulation.
Other symptoms may include:
At Dignity Health, a vascular specialist can evaluate your symptoms through a variety of diagnostic procedures, such as a stress or blood tests, and create a personalized treatment plan that fits your needs.
During your evaluation, your doctor will review your medical history and perform a physical exam. Using a stethoscope, your doctor will listen to the blood as it moves through your legs. He or she may also check the pulse in your feet and blood pressure in your legs.
The goal of treatment for peripheral artery disease is to stop plaque from continuing to accumulate in the arteries, and to reduce your symptoms.
Doctors at Dignity Health may recommend these PAD treatments:
Your doctor will recommend treatment based on the severity of your condition, your symptoms, and your preferences.
You can take an active approach towards lowering your chances of developing PAD by following these steps:
Together with your doctor, you can prevent this condition by taking care of yourself and your heart. Try our online HeartAware Risk Education Tool to learn more.
Dignity Health offers personalized care and treatment for peripheral artery disease in Arizona, helping people live healthier, more active lives.