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Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)

Nearly 6.5 million Americans over age 40 have peripheral artery disease (PAD). If you’re one of many experiencing pains, cramping, and aches in your legs, South Florida Vascular Associates can provide state-of-the-art interventional vascular radiology treatment. Contact our offices in Boynton Beach, Coconut Creek, and Plantation, FL, or book online to schedule an appointment.

What is Peripheral Artery Disease?

PAD is a condition where the arteries in your legs don’t receive enough blood. This can mean essential oxygen and nutrients don’t reach the legs and feet, causing discomfort. PAD typically starts in a single leg but can affect both legs.

Symptoms and Risk Factors

PAD most commonly causes leg pain and other symptoms, although almost 4 in 10 people don’t experience any leg pain.

The most prominent symptom of PAD is intermittent claudication, or leg discomfort (aching, cramping, or pain) that increases while walking and decreases when sitting or lying down. For some people, foot pain may disrupt their sleep.

PAD may also cause difficulty healing. Wounds on the legs or feet may be slow to heal because of inadequate nutrients and oxygen, which can lead to ulcers (wounds that don’t heal).

Non-healing wounds may eventually lead to tissue death, called gangrene. If untreated, gangrene can spread and require amputation of the foot or leg.

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How is Peripheral Artery Disease Diagnosed?

PAD can be diagnosed by performing an ultrasound or CT scan. These are completely non-invasive procedures that produce minimal discomfort. Once our team has a complete picture of the blood flow in the area, we can discuss your treatment options.

Peripheral Artery Disease Treatment Options

PAD treatment includes a multi-faceted approach. Medications and lifestyle interventions may be able to treat and prevent the worsening of the blood vessels. Revascularization may sometimes be recommended to enhance blood flow and prevent tissue damage. This may include angioplasty, a procedure that uses a tiny balloon to inflate and widen the blood vessel. A graft may also be used to bypass the artery and allow for better blood flow to the area. These minimally invasive procedures can be performed in our spa-like outpatient suite to ensure a comfortable, convenient experience.

Schedule a Consultation

At South Florida Vascular Associates, our expert team can help you get relief from symptoms and achieve a healthier outlook with peripheral artery disease. Meet with our providers during a consultation by calling or filling out our online form. We serve the greater Southeast Florida area with locations in Coconut Creek, Boynton Beach, and Plantation, FL.


William Julien, MD

Board-Certified Vascular Interventional Physician


Mana Khatkar, PA-C

Certified Physician Assistant


Anissa Rodriguez, NP-C

Certified Nurse Practitioner


Frequently Asked Questions

What is considered the first symptom of peripheral arterial disease?

The first symptom of peripheral arterial disease is often characterized by pain, cramping, or fatigue in the legs during physical activity such as walking or climbing stairs. This discomfort is typically due to narrowed arteries but subsides with rest.

What is the life expectancy of someone with peripheral arterial disease?

The life expectancy of someone with peripheral arterial disease can vary depending on various factors such as the severity of the disease, overall health, and lifestyle choices. Generally, the disease creates an increased risk of cardiovascular events.

How many stages are there in peripheral artery disease?

Peripheral arterial disease progresses through four stages-- these stages range from asymptomatic (Stage 1) to critical limb ischemia (Stage 4). Stage 1 involves no symptoms, while Stage 4 is characterized by severe pain at rest, ulcers, or gangrene.

What do legs look like with peripheral artery disease?

As the condition progresses, symptoms such as skin discoloration, coolness to the touch, hair loss on the legs, and slow-healing wounds or ulcers may develop. In severe cases, gangrene or tissue death can occur.

How should patients maintain peripheral artery disease?

Individuals with peripheral artery disease should avoid smoking and practice maintaining a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise, a balanced diet, and proper management of other health conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure.

Is coffee bad for peripheral artery disease?

While moderation is key, coffee consumption is generally considered safe for individuals with peripheral artery disease. Excessive caffeine intake can lead to increased heart rate and blood pressure, which may exacerbate symptoms of peripheral artery disease.