What is Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)?

PAD is caused by the blockage and narrowing of the blood vessels in your limbs due to atherosclerosis and the plaque buildup on arterial walls, most commonly resulting in decreased blood flow to your legs and feet. There is also a strong correlation between PAD and the development of more serious heart diseases.

PAD often occurs as a result of other diseases and conditions such as Type 2 Diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol.

People with diabetes can often confuse the signs and symptoms of PAD with neuropathy—chronic pain, burning or discomfort in their legs and feet—and should schedule a screening or examination to make sure their condition is properly diagnosed.

The early diagnosis and treatment of PAD, through medication or minimally-invasive procedures, can significantly increase your quality of life and reduce the chances of limb amputation or death.

Why you need to get screened.

Peripheral artery disease represents a significant health risk because it often flies under the radar and goes undiagnosed. Its symptoms are easily overlooked if attributed to arthritis and old age, or masked by nerve damage and a condition known as peripheral neuropathy.

By the numbers, PAD affects 1-in-20 adults over the age of 50, and more than 20% of people over 65. The risk factors that cause PAD also increase significantly if you are diabetic or if you were ever a smoker.

Are you experiencing leg fatigue during normal walking activity, numbness or tingling in your legs while sitting, or leg cramps in the middle of the night? These are some of the non-visible warning signs of PAD, but there is more at stake than missing out on daily activities due to severe leg pain.

If left untreated, PAD can result in the development of non-healing sores, areas of nerve damage and eventually dead tissue due to restricted blood flow. This stage of PAD typically leads to the below the knee amputation of your leg and foot, and amputations attributed to diabetes are really the result of PAD.

Prevention is almost always the best medicine. Being aware of the signs, symptoms and health risks associated with peripheral artery disease is the best first step, and our best recommendation is to come in for a free screening –– for peace of mind, and for your health.

Why Modern Vascular?

Modern Vascular is an outpatient clinic providing minimally invasive endovascular procedures to treat peripheral artery disease. Our mission is to advance the diagnosis and treatment of PAD, and our name defines our overall approach, techniques, and commitment to saving limbs and saving lives.

Our consultative care and concierge service approach is designed to accommodate you, and present the treatment options uniquely available to you—based on your individual needs. These treatment options can be administered or prescribed (based on the severity of your PAD) on site, and allowing you to recover at home.

There are a variety of treatment options for PAD, depending on your age, overall health and the extent of your arterial blockage. Lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, daily exercise and proper nutrition can reduce risks and the advancement of PAD, but the first step is to schedule a consultative screening with a board certified physician at Modern Vascular to determine the severity of your condition.

Our patient promise is to deliver the highest level of care, and provide the most innovative and modern vascular procedures. One simple screening could save your limbs, and save your life.

Providing minimally invasive endovascular procedures in a safe, convenient environment.

Minimally Invasive Procedures

The physicians at Modern Vascular are dedicated to preventing amputations and other life threatening episodes. Catheter-based techniques to create a healthier opening in your blood vessel and increase blood flow to vital tissues are typically performed through these minimally invasive procedures:
Using minimally invasive, specialized equipment and techniques that require only a small incision, through which a thin catheter is inserted. Using advanced imaging technology, the catheter is guided through a blood vessel to remove blockages and open narrowed areas.
A vascular stent is a tiny coil that is inserted through a catheter in the groin area and placed in the vessel to open the blockage.
A procedure to open a blocked artery or vein by using a device on the end of a catheter inserted into a major vessel to cut or shave away the plaque collected on the wall of the vessel.
A balloon is inserted through a catheter and guided to the area of blockage in the artery. The balloon is inflated to compress the blockage and create a bigger opening to increase blood flow.
A small laser is used to remove the blockage in the artery.


Schedule your free screening at any one of these conveniently located Modern Vascular clinics:
Modern Vascular Glendale
Modern Vascular Mesa
Modern Vascular Institute