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What is Peripheral Arterial Disease?

Dr. Handley Discusses Signs, Symptoms and Treatments for Peripheral Arterial Disease

Peripheral Arterial Disease, or PAD, is a common, but serious disease that occurs when extra cholesterol and other fats circulating in the blood collect in the walls of the arteries that supply blood to your limbs. This build-up, called plaque, can narrow arteries and reduce or block blood flow. PAD is typically seen in the legs, but can also be present in the arteries that carry blood from your heart to your head, arms, kidneys and stomach. Innovations in minimally invasive surgery by interventional radiologists aim to treat more serious forms of this disease that will significantly improve the outcomes by halting or slowing its progress.

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