Peripheral Arterial Disease

Vascular Access Centers

Vascular Medicine located in Mays Landing, NJ

An estimated 10-12 million Americans suffer from peripheral arterial disease, which is a circulation problem in the limbs. At Vascular Access Center in Mays Landing, New Jersey, the team helps you take the first step toward restoring your vascular function and reducing your risk of amputation. To learn more about peripheral arterial disease treatments at Vascular Access Center of Atlantic County, call or schedule an appointment online today.

Peripheral Arterial Disease Q & A

What is peripheral arterial disease?

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a common circulation problem that’s caused by narrowed or clogged arteries in the legs or arms.

Atherosclerosis — often referred to as “hardening of the arteries” — often causes PAD. This condition progresses slowly over time as cholesterol and scar tissue build up and form plaque in your arteries.

When you have PAD, these blockages disrupt the normal flow of blood, which can lead to stroke, heart attack, tissue death, and lower limb/extremity amputation.

What are the symptoms of PAD?

PAD can be painful, but half of the men and women with the condition have no symptoms.

PAD symptoms or signs include:

  • Leg pain during activities, but not when activities stop
  • Numbness, coldness, or tingling in the lower legs and feet
  • Ulcers or sores on the legs or feet that don’t heal
  • Erectile dysfunction (ED) in men
  • Leg pain that awakens you
  • Slow-growing leg hair or toenails
  • Weak pulse in your legs or feet
  • Shiny or discolored leg skin  

Identifying your risks of PAD and undergoing a screening can significantly reduce your risk of serious side effects, and improve your quality of life.

Who is at risk of developing PAD?

Several factors increase your risk of developing peripheral arterial disease, including:

  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Family history
  • High cholesterol
  • Being over age 50
  • High blood pressure

Vascular Access Center of Atlantic County makes it easy to determine if you have PAD through their HELP program: Health Evaluations for Limb Preservation.  

How is peripheral arterial disease diagnosed?

Vascular Access Center of Atlantic County offers noninvasive diagnostic vascular tests, using state-of-the-art ultrasound imaging, doppler blood flow technology, and physiologic testing.

These screenings look for signs of vascular diseases that affect how well your blood flows through your arteries and veins. Besides PAD, they can also diagnose vascular conditions like venous insufficiency and stroke.

How is peripheral arterial disease treated?

The Vascular Access Center of Atlantic County team might suggest several treatments, including lifestyle modifications like quitting smoking and getting more exercise, as well as minimally invasive techniques like angioplasty, atherectomy or stenting.

Atherectomy is a treatment that debulks blood vessel plaque by cutting it away. In angioplasty and stenting, your interventional radiologist opens your blood vessel by inserting a catheter through your femoral artery and inflating a balloon at the blockage location. In some cases, they place a tiny metal cylinder, or stent, to hold the blood vessel open.

To treat PAD, call Vascular Access Centers or schedule an appointment online today.

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