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What is Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)?

My name is Dr. Julio Sanguily and I’m a vascular surgeon here at Palm Vascular of The Treasure Coast.

Peripheral Artery Disease, or in short PAD is a very common disease in our society that often goes undiagnosed by healthcare professionals.

PAD is a progressive disease that causes narrowing of the blood vessels, predominately in your lower extremities but can also affect other parts of your body. This can cause a lack of oxygenation down to the muscle groups in your legs, causing pain with activity that is relieved with rest. The pain typically occurs in the buttock region, the thigh, and most commonly the calf. 

PAD has multiple risk factors associated with it which I’ve listed below: 

  • Age
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic Kidney Disease or Mild Renal Insufficiency

Diagnosing Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)

Our PAD diagnostic process is simple. We start with a physical examination and detailed history. We also conduct a duplex or ultrasound of the lower extremities involving the arteries. This details exactly where your blockages are, how significant they are, and how advanced the disease is. This comprehensive diagnostic examination will help us determine your treatment options.

Minimally Invasive Treatments for PAD

Here at Palm Vascular of the Treasure Coast, we offer outpatient treatments for PAD. We are able to treat patients dealing with PAD in a minimally invasive manner with no general anesthesia and you’ll go home the same day. The procedure entails placing a catheter in the artery, allowing us to traverse or go through the blockages with a device that cleans out the inside of the affected arteries. Afterward, we insert a small balloon into the artery, stretching it out to its normal size. This will provide immediate relief that you will notice for quite some time.

We pride ourselves on taking care of patients dealing with Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) and the more advanced form Critical Limb Ischemia (CLI) to prevent limb loss and the symptoms that are associated with these serious conditions.

If you think you could be dealing with the symptoms of PAD or CLI, I encourage you to book a comprehensive PAD screening where I will evaluate your condition, make a diagnosis, and provide a treatment plan.

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