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Peripheral Vascular Disease Program

Peripheral Vascular Disease is caused by atherosclerosis in the inner walls of arteries. Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a particularly dangerous form of peripheral vascular disease (PVD), because patients often dismiss the symptoms or present no symptoms at all.

Know the PAD Warning Signs

• Cramping, fatigue, heaviness, pain or discomfort in the legs or buttocks during and following physical activity
• Foot wounds that won’t heal or heal very slowly
• Noticeable decrease in the temperature of the lower leg or foot

PAD by the Numbers:

  • Approximately 12 million Americans have PAD.
  • PAD is a disease that affects the arteries in your legs and puts patients at higher risk of having heart attack or stroke.
  • Most patients don’t have symptoms.
  • Nearly one in three at-risk patients will have PAD.
  • At-risk patients are those over age 50 who present at least one additional vascular risk factor.
  • Nearly one in five patients with PAD will experience a major cardiovascular event within one year.
  • Patients with PAD face a continuous threat of cardiovascular (CV) events such as death, myocardial infarction (MI), stroke or hospitalization for a vascular event.
  • Only 25 percent of PAD patients receive any therapy.

With only about one-quarter of PAD patients undergoing treatment, this disease is largely under-diagnosed and under-treated.

Clinical Staff

NMMC cardiologists and vascular surgeons, in collaboration with radiologists, provide the latest treatment options for patients with PAD. Our multidisciplinary approach brings together health care professionals from several related specialties to coordinate patients’ care. This program integrates the diagnosis, treatment, follow-up and management of patients with vascular disease; in turn, the program provides these patients the opportunity to receive the most comprehensive and efficient care.


Please ask your primary care physician about treatment options or contact us at 1-888-HEART14 or (662) 377-PD10 (7310).