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Peripheral Artery Disease

Numbness? Cramping and weakness in your legs could be a blocked artery.

If you suffer from cramping, fatigue, or numbness in your legs, discoloration, and pain in your feet, this could indicate blocked blood flow to your legs, also known peripheral artery disease (PAD). It may also be a sign of blocked arteries elsewhere in your body, including your heart. If you have any of these symptoms, make an appointment with your primary care physician immediately or call Heartland Regional vascular surgeons.

Treatments include medical or non-interventional, minimally invasive and open surgical procedures. Talk to your primary care physician today about your symptoms.

What is PAD?

Peripheral Arterial Disease or PAD is a condition, or set of conditions cause by the blockage or narrowing of the body’s large peripheral arteries.  


PAD symptoms include:

  • Cramping or tiredness in leg muscles while walking or exercising that goes away with rest.
  • Pain in the legs or feet that awaken you at night.
  • Numbness or loss of sensation in the limbs.
  • Sores that fail or heal, or heal slowly.
  • Limb differentiation of color in relation to warmth or cold.
  • Foot pain while resting

What is vascular disease?

Vascular disease occurs when there is an abnormality (blockage, bulging, or narrowing of the vessel wall) in a patient’s veins or arteries.  This impacts how blood circulates through the body, causing a serious and potentially life threatening condition.

Are there factors that could increase my risk for vascular disease or vascular conditions?

  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Family history
  • Age, >50
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