Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)
An estimated 10 million people in the United States suffer from peripheral arterial disease (PAD), according to the Society of Interventional Radiology.
It develops when cholesterol and scar tissue build up, forming a substance called plaque, which narrows and clogs the arteries and slows blood flow to the legs.
PAD is considered a red flag for several serious diseases, such as heart attack and stroke.
PAD Treatment, Including Minimally Invasive Angioplasty
In many cases, PAD can be treated with the following:
- Medications such as blood thinners
- Lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking
- Daily exercise
With early detection, patients could see an interventional radiologist when intervention is most effective and less invasive treatments are still an option.
If needed, our interventional radiologists can perform minimally invasive angioplasty and/or stenting to open a blocked artery in the leg and restore blood flow.
Call the Division of Interventional Radiology at 212-241-7409 to schedule an appointment.