What is Peripheral Artery Disease?
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a common circulatory problem in the American population. Associated with narrowing of the arteries in the lower limbs, PAD is likely a sign of more widespread accumulation of fatty deposits in your arteries, and it can drastically inhibit blood flow. Some people with PAD have intermittent pain or cramping in the legs with physical activity. Other symptoms can include cold feet, non-healing sores on the lower legs or feet, hair loss on the lower legs, pain in the buttocks, erectile dysfunction, or even pain without any activity.
How Can We Help?
We may perform studies to evaluate the extent of the disease in your extremities. We will perform an exam of your pulses. Some tests include taking the blood pressure of your legs and toes, a CT or MRI to look at the blood flow or an angiogram. An angiogram is when dye is injected in your artery and an x-ray is obtained to look at the blood flow. Depending on the nature and severity of your condition, you could require surgery to restore proper blood flow. This surgery involves creating an alternate passage for blood to flow around the blocked section of vessels.
Who to Contact
Dr. Charlie Jones and Dr. Susan Hagen are general, vascular and thoracic surgeons with over 30 years of experience. To make an appointment, please call 303-443-2123.