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Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) - also called peripheral vascular disease (PVD) - is a common circulatory disease in which plaque builds up in the arteries, and the narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to the head, organs, and limbs. Left untreated, this can lead to gangrene and amputation.

At UI Health, our primary goals are to control the symptoms and slow down the disease from progressing to reduce your risk of heart attack, stroke, and other complications. We create a special treatment plan based on your overall health, disease, symptoms, tolerance for medications, and preferences. Your treatment may include a combination of lifestyle changes, use of medications, procedures, surgery or treatment of existing conditions that may worsen PAD. Some risk factors that can be changed or treated include:

  • Coronary artery disease
  • Dyslipidemia
  • High cholesterol
  • Hypertension or high blood pressure
  • Impaired glucose tolerance
  • Obesity
  • Physical inactivity
  • Smoking/tobacco use