What is Peripheral Artery Disease? Dr. Juan Carlos Correa

Dr. Correa is a board-certified vascular surgeon and the managing physician for Modern Vascular of Kansas City in Overland Park. In this video, he answers common questions that we get asked about Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD).

What is Peripheral Artery Disease?

A simple explanation of Peripheral Artery Disease is that it’s like the plumbing in a house. As a house gets older, there is increased likeliness of clogs. PAD is a similar situation, except it happens in your arteries. At Modern Vascular, we specialize in the arteries in your legs, down to your toes.

What are the Symptoms?

Peripheral artery disease can present with multiple symptoms. The most common that patients commonly overlook is that they are not walking as fast or as well as they have in the past. Legs can cramp and that cramping gets worse with longer distances. Another symptom that can present is a wound, which is a breakdown of the skin over the leg, foot, or toe. If the condition of the wound does not improve then that can be indicative of PAD.

How is PAD Diagnosed?

The diagnosis is simple. We perform outpatient evaluations at any of our clinics. One of the nurses or physicians performs a brief examination that takes less than 45 minutes. That often includes a simple, non-invasive test.

Why Should I Get Screened?

Peripheral artery disease, if not treated promptly, can, unfortunately, progress to limb amputations. That is why it is critical for PAD to be identified promptly based on risk factors. All of our physicians are board-certified and specialize specifically in treating peripheral artery disease in the legs, down to the toes.

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