Peripheral Arterial Disease Specialist in Denver, CO
What is Peripheral Arterial Disease?
Peripheral Arterial Disease, or PAD, is a common, but serious disease that occurs when extra cholesterol and other fats circulating in the blood collect in the walls of the arteries that supply blood to your limbs. This build-up, called plaque, can narrow arteries and reduce or block blood flow.
PAD is typically seen in the legs, but can also be present in the arteries that carry blood from your heart to your head, arms, kidneys, and stomach. Innovations in minimally invasive surgery to treat more serious forms of this disease can provide significantly improved outcomes to halt or slow its progress.
What are the Symptoms of Peripheral Arterial Disease?
Symptoms of PAD for patient near Denvercan range from mild to serious and include:
- A slower walking pace
- Legs that tire easily when walking requiring frequent resting
- Cramping in calves and thighs when walking
- Skin that is cool with purple or red discoloration
- Cramping of legs while lying down which improves when standing (rest pain)
- Non-healing sores on legs, feet or toes
- Painful extremities
What Treatment Options are Available for Peripheral Arterial Disease?
PAD can occasionally be treated by lifestyle changes and medication. However, advanced forms of this disease require surgical intervention by highly skilled interventional radiologists using minimally invasive procedures such as angioplasty and stenting.
As minimally invasive procedures, angioplasty and stenting are generally low risk procedures that result in significantly improved outcomes. In addition, these procedures are performed in an outpatient setting, require mild sedation and permit patients to return to their daily routines quickly with an improved quality of life.
Performed as a minimally invasive procedure by our interventional radiologists in Denver, an angioplasty helps to restore blood flow through a narrowed or blocked artery. Learn more about angioplasty.
Occasionally, during an angioplastic procedure, our interventional radiologists may determine that a stent is needed to help keep the artery open after the procedure. Learn more about stenting.
Call our office near the Denver area at (303) 805-7477 or make an appointment today to speak to one of our Minimally Invasive Procedure Specialists about your medical needs and treatment options.