Peripheral artery disease (PAD) describes the narrowing or blockage of blood vessels in your legs (and sometimes arms) by deposits of fatty plaque.
PAD can cause painful symptoms and lead to problems walking and even total immobility. Treatment for PAD focuses on relieving pain, preventing the disease from getting worse, and lowering the risk of complications.
Our cardiology experts at Dignity Health North State specialize in the treatment of many complicated cardiovascular conditions, including PAD. Find a Doctor to see if you would benefit from peripheral artery disease treatment in Northern California.
Treating Peripheral Artery Disease at Dignity Health North State
PAD can cause serious complications, such as blood clots, if left untreated. Blood clots can cut off blood flow to your peripheral arteries (the blood vessels in your arms and legs).
To treat PAD, your Dignity Health North State doctor may recommend:
- Lifestyle changes, including getting regular exercise, eating a heart-healthy diet, and quitting smoking
- Medications to prevent blood clots, reduce cholesterol levels, and treat high blood pressure
- Surgery to improve blood flow in your arteries, including peripheral artery bypass surgery, stent placement, and atherectomy (a procedure to remove plaque buildup from your blood vessels)
Understanding Your Options for PAD Treatment
Your Dignity Health North State cardiologist will develop an individualized treatment plan based on your specific symptoms, the severity of your disease, and your personal preferences.
Be sure to discuss with your doctor the goals, risks, and benefits of all recommended treatments, including medication.
How to Prevent PAD
You can take action to prevent PAD by living a heart-smart lifestyle and lowering your risk factors with the following strategies:
- Not smoking
- Eating a heart-healthy diet
- Maintaining a healthy body weight
- Getting plenty of exercise
- Being disciplined in managing your blood sugar, if you have diabetes
Smoking can contribute to many health problems. If you’ve tried to quit but have not been able to “kick the habit” — or, if this is your first attempt — we can help. Register for a Dignity Health North State “Quit For Good” class by calling (888) 628-1948.
Dignity Health North State delivers high quality cardiac care, including peripheral artery disease treatments, in Mt. Shasta, Red Bluff, and Redding, CA.