What you need to know about Peripheral Artery Disease

PAD, Peripheral Arterial Disease, is a serious, yet treatable disease, characterized by a narrowing or blockage of the arteries that carry oxygenated blood to extremities such as the legs. Dr Hollander can perform a minimally invasive, same day, outpatient vascular procedure with just a tiny pin hole.

Quick facts about PAD

The most common symptoms of PAD involving the lower extremities are cramping, pain or tiredness in the leg or hip muscles while walking or climbing stairs. Typically, this pain goes away with rest and returns when you walk again.

Be aware that:

  • Many people mistake the symptoms of PAD for something else.
  • PAD often goes undiagnosed by healthcare professionals.
  • People with peripheral arterial disease have a higher risk of coronary artery disease, heart attack or stroke.
  • Left untreated, PAD can lead to gangrene and amputation.

Risk Factors for PAD

Other factors can increase your chances for peripheral artery disease, including:

  • Your risk for peripheral artery disease increases with age.
  • High blood pressure or high cholesterol puts you at risk for PAD.
  • If you are an active smoker or used to smoke, you have an especially high risk for PAD.
  • If you have diabetes, you have an especially high risk for PAD.
  • If you’re obese, you have a especially high risk for PAD.
  • It is most prevalent in women 40-49 and men 70-79

Symptoms

  • ‍Muscle cramping in the lower extremities (calves, thighs, hips)
  • Intermittent claudication (pain with walking, resolving with rest)
  • Rest Pain (prolonged aching in the muscles that do not subside, even at rest)
  • Leg or foot wounds that are slow to heal or do not heal at all (could eventually develop into ulcers)
  • Cold feet and/or legs
  • Color changes to legs, feet and toes (paleness or blueness)
  • Weak pulse in the legs or feet
  • Buttock pain

Treat PAD or start treating it right now

If you’re located in the New Jersey area and suffer several symptoms of PAD, you should start looking for a way to treat it. Dr. Scott Hollander, is an expert in minimally invasive vascular procedures. He is a Yale trained Peripheral Vascular Interventional Radiologist specializing in peripheral arterial and venous disease as well as dialysis access maintenance. Dr. Hollander is dedicated to limb salvage; helping those with leg or foot pain, leg or foot ulcers, painful leg swelling, painful varicose veins, life threatening blood clots, recurrent leg infections, and sparing those from arterial bypass surgery and/or amputations.