Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)
If you are suffering from leg pain while walking, you might think it could be arthritis, but the pain you feel could be peripheral arterial disease (PAD), which is the condition wherein the veins are narrowed and preventing blood to return to the heart, which can have serious consequences. PAD may be an indicator of a serious condition such as severe coronary or neurovascular disease. Early diagnosis may help prevent a life-threatening cardiac event or stroke.
Manhattan Medical Group specialists are dedicated to preventing and treating blood vessel conditions such as PAD. Our team includes cardiologists with extensive endovascular experience and imaging experts trained in diagnosing vascular diseases. Our providers offer quality vascular and endovascular services and have developed subspecialty expertise in more complex areas.
Treatment depends on the severity of the blockage in blood flow. You might need to change your lifestyle by quitting smoking, controlling cholesterol, lowering high blood pressure or managing diabetes. You may need to take medication to control cholesterol, blood pressure, and diabetes or to thin your blood.
Sometimes people with PAD need surgery to bypass a blockage and create a new path for blood flow. Angioplasty, a procedure in which the blockage is flattened to make the artery opening wider, is another possible treatment.
Our vascular surgery team has nationally recognized expertise in endovascular treatment with the use of atherectomy devices; and the use of specialized intravascular ultrasound-guided techniques. The group also offers endovascular treatment of carotid and subclavian disease using the latest technologies for cerebral protection. Our interventional cardiology specialists have a long track record in successful treatment of PAD and vascular disease.
In addition to complex procedures, our team of experts focuses on secondary prevention efforts to try to keep PAD from getting worse in patients who have been diagnosed. The team focuses on smoking cessation, lipid-lowering and walking programs for those patients after successful surgical or endovascular therapy