Peripheral Artery Disease
Peripheral artery disease occurs when the blood vessels outside of the heart develop a build-up of fat and cholesterol and the artery becomes narrower, which restricts blood flow to the body’s tissues.
Due to the buildup of plaque in your arteries, having peripheral artery disease puts you at a greater risk for heart attack or stroke.
Symptoms of peripheral artery disease are typically pain or cramping in the legs and calves during activity. Other symptoms may include:
- Leg numbness or weakness
- Coldness in your lower leg or foot
- Sores or ulcers on your legs, feet or toes that won’t heal
- A change in the color of your legs or shiny skin or hair loss on your legs
- Slower growth of your toenails
- A weak or no pulse in your legs or feet
- Erectile dysfunction in men
Women may not experience symptoms as early as men and may not experience pain in the legs during activity.
Peripheral Artery Disease Risk Factors
If you or a loved one have two or more of the risk factors below, register for a free vascular screening.
- Age of 60 or older
- High blood pressure
- History of smoking
- High cholesterol
- Family history of atherosclerosis (buildup of fat in the artery walls)
Treatments We Provide
There are many ways our vascular team can work to slow or stop progression of peripheral vascular disease. There are medicines that can help. Our accomplished vascular team combines experience and advanced technologies to achieve clinical excellence, from testing and diagnosis to treatment and rehabilitation. We may discuss a medical plan for things you can do at home. Without treatment, peripheral vascular disease can lead to foot or leg amputation or even premature death.
An angioplasty is a less invasive procedure that opens a clogged artery with a small balloon. This can be done through the wrist (radial) or the groin (femoral) artery. Typically this procedure includes the placement of stents.
This surgery creates a bypass graft using a healthy blood vessel from another part of the body or a synthetic tube to reroute blood flow.
This surgery removes plaque and clots from the carotid arteries.
This minimally-invasive procedure uses a laser to precisely target and clear blood vessel blockages.
This minimally-invasive procedure uses radio waves to heat and destroy the tissue surrounding the area of the vein.
These medicines dissolve and soften plaque and blood clots in blood vessels.
Spectrum Health offers the area’s largest and most comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation program for patients who have recently experienced a major cardiovascular episode or treatment.
The Limb Care and Preservation Clinic focuses on wound healing, vascular and endovascular therapy, and podiatric surgery. Our goal is to preserve as much function in limbs as possible.