Institute for Peripheral Vascular Disease
Personalizing your treatment
If you feel pain or muscle cramping in your lower extremities - especially while exercising - it could mean your muscles aren’t getting enough blood flow. You may be among the 8 million Americans who have Peripheral Vascular Disease, which is primarily caused by the buildup of fatty plaque in the arteries, which is called atherosclerosis.
The good news? The condition is often treatable with a personalized combination of lifestyle changes and medication.
Peripheral Vascular Disease conditions include:
- Critical Limb Ischemia (CLI): Severe narrowing of the arteries in the legs and feet that lead to sores that won’t heal.
- Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT): A blood clot has formed in a deep vein in the leg, arm or other part of the body.
- Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD): Fatty material called plaque builds up on the inside wall of the arteries and causes blockages to the vessels that carry blood from the heart to the legs and feet.
Caring for you and your heart
The first step is to consider your risk factors. Are you a smoker? Do you have diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol?
Your team of healthcare professionals at Abrazo Arizona Heart Hospital’s Institute for Peripheral Vascular Disease will first analyze your symptoms and your risk factors. To further evaluate your condition, you may undergo non-invasive testing methods such as an Ankle Brachial Index, Duplex Ultrasound, CT Angiogram and Peripheral Angiogram.
Reducing your symptoms of Peripheral Vascular Disease and stopping the disease from progressing is our mission. We embrace the latest diagnostic and treatment techniques including angioplasty, stent placement and atherectomy. We will work with you to create an individualized treatment plan to get you back on the road to a healthy, active lifestyle.