Peripheral Artery Disease
The experts at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix's Cavanagh Heart Center offer advanced care for peripheral artery disease, which can lead to a stroke or a heart attack.
Our specialists offer state-of-the-art diagnosis and comprehensive treatment for patients with peripheral arterial disease.
Causes of peripheral artery disease
Peripheral artery disease is usually caused by atherosclerosis, a condition where plaque (fatty deposits) becomes attached to artery walls and restricts blood flow. Plaque accumulates over time and may even start as early as childhood. Atherosclerosis is caused by:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
Symptoms of peripheral artery disease
A person may be living with peripheral artery disease for several years before noticing symptoms. A first sign is leg pain or cramping that happens while walking or after walking, standing or exercising. Some people also feel numbness and fatigue in their leg muscles. The pain or numbness usually goes away when the activity is completed.
People with more advanced peripheral artery disease have these symptoms:
- Erectile dysfunction
- Lower temperature in one leg
- Pale or bluish skin color
- Poor nail growth
- Sores or wounds on the feet, legs or toes
- Weak or absent pulses in the legs or feet
At you at risk for peripheral artery disease?
- Are you 70 years or older?
- Are you 50 years or older with a history of smoking or diabetes?
- Are you younger than 50 with diabetes?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may call the Cavanagh Heart Center concierge at (602) 839-2400 for a full evaluation.
For More Vascular Information
Ask our concierge, (602) 839-2400