What is peripheral arterial disease?

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is caused by plaque buildup that reduces the flow of blood in peripheral arteries. It affects more than 8 million Americans ages 40 and older and is associated with an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, limb loss, and even death.

PAD in its most advanced stage is known as critical limb ischemia (CLI). CLI can cause severe pain in the feet or toes, even while resting. Complications from this type of severe artery blockage may include non-healing sores and wounds on the legs and feet. Left untreated, the complications of CLI could result in amputation of the affected limb.

To prevent amputation, blood flow must be restored to the affected area. Because of this, one of the first things the wound center staff will do is perform a simple test to determine blood flow and order advanced testing or a consultation with a vascular specialist, if needed.

Wound care is essential. Taking care of your wound is taking care of your health. To refer a patient or schedule an appointment, call 877-295-2273. To learn more about peripheral arterial disease, visit this link.