Peripheral Arterial Disease

If you have peripheral artery disease (PAD), you’re not alone. PAD is a common circulation problem in which arteries that carry blood to the legs or arms become narrowed or clogged, interfering with the normal flow of blood. 

Those with hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol or who are over age 50 are at an increased risk of developing PAD, along with smokers and those who are overweight or don’t exercise regularly. PAD can sometimes cause pain, but often causes no symptoms at all. If you are experiencing pain, talk to your doctor as soon as possible. In most cases, peripheral arterial disease can be slowed or reversed by controlling your diabetes or blood pressure, eating healthy and exercising. Some people may also need cholesterol-lowering or blood pressure medications, or a minimally invasive procedure to help treat PAD.


One procedure used to open blood vessels at Westlake is angioplasty. Angioplasty opens blocked or narrowed blood vessels with the use of a very small balloon inserted into the blood vessel and inflated. Angioplasty is used to unblock clogged arteries in the legs or arms, kidneys, brain or elsewhere in the body. Find a surgeon online to treat your PAD.

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