Top Signs of Signs of Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)

Your limbs need fully functioning blood vessels and plenty of blood to stay healthy. If you have atherosclerosis, cholesterol and other substances in your bloodstream form plaque that sticks to your artery walls, causing them to narrow. After your extremities become affected by decreased blood flow, you may start to develop symptoms of peripheral arterial disease (PAD), such as leg pain.

With prompt diagnosis and treatment, Dr. Nirav Patel and our team at Premier Vascular can address your PAD. You don’t have to suffer from leg pain this fall, because Dr. Patel can help.

Signs and symptoms of PAD

Some patients with PAD don’t experience significant symptoms, or they feel only mild leg pain. You could experience pain relating to PAD in several locations in your body, depending on which of your arteries is impacted by the narrowing. 

The most common symptom of PAD is leg pain or cramping in your legs or arms that gets worse when you’re active, and then recedes after only a short break. We call your symptom of leg pain when walking “claudication.” The most common area to experience claudication is your calves, but you could also experience symptoms in your upper legs, hips and pelvic region, or arms.

In addition to claudication, PAD can present with other symptoms. These include:

In men, PAD can also cause erectile dysfunction.

If left untreated PAD can progress, leaving you in pain even when you’re resting or lying down. In severe cases, PAD can cause infections, tissue death, and arterial ulcers that won’t heal.

Getting you back on your feet

Don’t ignore your PAD symptoms and let your condition worsen. Take proactive steps to protect your quality of life and limb health by getting in touch with Dr. Patel and our experts at Premier Vascular. We can diagnose your PAD with a catheter angiography and recommend a personalized treatment plan for you.

Conservative treatment for PAD includes lifestyle changes and/or medications. Depending on the location and severity of your PAD, Dr. Patel may suggest a minimally invasive procedure, such as balloon angioplasty with stenting or an atherectomy, to treat your arterial blockage and restore healthy blood flow to the limb.

If you have leg pain or other symptoms that make you suspect PAD, make an appointment with Dr. Patel at Premier Vascular today. You can call one of our offices in the Jackson Heights neighborhood of Queens in New York City, or in Yonkers, New York. Or you can book your visit with the online tool.

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