Peripheral Artery Disease

Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) is a narrowing of the blood vessels outside of the brain and heart. It is a common problem where the blood vessels narrow and reduce blood flow to your arms and legs. The narrowing is usually caused by plaque buildup inside the arteries or “hardening of the arteries”.

What are the risk factors for Peripheral Artery Disease?

You are at a higher risk of developing PAD if you:

  • are over age 50
  • have abnormal cholesterol
  • have heart disease
  • have diabetes
  • have had a stroke
  • have high blood pressure
  • have a family history of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or PAD
  • have kidney disease
  • are overweight
  • are a smoker

What are the symptoms of PAD?

You may experience the following symptoms in your legs or feet:

  • painful cramping
  • achiness
  • fatigue or weakness
  • numbness
  • burning
  • looks pale or blue
  • coldness
  • redness, swollen, or hot
  • sores or ulcers that won’t heal

What are treatment options for PAD?

Early diagnosis is very important to successful treatment. It can prevent life-threatening complications, such as heart attack and stroke. If you experience symptoms of PAD, talk to your doctor. Your doctor may do testing if you are at risk for the disease. 

Cardiologist Dr. Dwight Dishmon treats a lot of patients for PAD. Watch his healthcast video below.


To find a cardiologist who treats PAD, call Sutherland Cardiology Clinic at 901-763-0200