Peripheral vascular disease (PVD), also known as peripheral arterial disease (PAD), occurs when atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, causes a buildup of plaque in the blood vessels that carry oxygen and nutrients to all the tissues of the body.
As these blockages worsen, they reduce essential blood flow to the limbs, heart and brain eventually risking complete blockages of these arteries.
Early on, PAD in the legs may only cause difficulty walking, but in its most severe forms, it can cause painful foot ulcers, infections, and even gangrene, which could require amputation. People with PAD are three times more likely to die of heart attacks or strokes than those without PAD.
San Tan Cardiovascular Center staff are experienced in the early detection of peripheral vascular disease.
We look at your whole circulatory system – from the heart to veins and beyond – to find the true cause of your issues and provide cutting-edge treatments.