Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)

Vascular Leg PainAt American Vein & Vascular Institute, we understand the impact arterial disease can have on your quality of life. That’s why we offer comprehensive treatment options to help manage the symptoms, improve circulation, and enhance your overall vascular health.

The diagnosis and catheter-based treatment of many arterial conditions are performed in our state-of-the-art facility located in Thornton, CO. These office based procedures are safe, cost-effective and convenient and are designed to enhance the patient experience with a constant focus on quality. Our expert team of vascular specialists are dedicated to providing personalized care and the latest advancements in arterial disease treatment.

What is Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)?

Peripheral artery disease is the narrowing of the arteries that carry blood away from the heart. The leading cause of PAD is plaque buildup, called atherosclerosis. It is most common in the legs and feet, but people can also develop it in their arms. It can lead to skin changes, leg pain, wounds that don’t heal, and poor muscle perfusion.

Plaque builds on the artery wall, causing the artery to become hardened and more narrow. The plaque is mostly fat and cholesterol. There is a reduction of oxygenated blood flow because of the blockage in the artery.

Signs & Symptoms of PAD:

  • Leg or buttock pain that worsens with activity
  • Discoloration/pain in the toes
  • Diminished pulses
  • Muscle weakness
  • Skin is cool to the touch
  • Ulcers near the toes

Causes & Risk Factors:

  • Ages 55+
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol (poor lipid profile)
  • Tobacco use
  • Sedentary lifestyle

Treatments for PAD

At American Vein & Vascular Institute, we prioritize patient education and providing you with the knowledge and resources you need to make informed decisions about your vascular health. Our compassionate team is dedicated to supporting you throughout your treatment journey, ensuring the best possible outcomes and improved quality of life. Treatments for peripheral artery disease includes lifestyle changes, medication and in more advanced cases, angioplasty or surgery may be necessary.

Angioplasty and Stent Placement – This procedure is done to open clogged arteries. It can diagnose and treat a blocked vessel at the same time. The health care provider guides a thin, flexible tube (catheter) to the narrowed part of the artery. A tiny balloon is inflated to widen the blocked artery and improve blood flow. A small wire mesh tube (stent) may be placed in the artery to keep the artery open.

Treatments for PAD

Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards managing arterial disease effectively. Together, we can help you regain control of your vascular health and enjoy a more active, fulfilling life.