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Peripheral Artery Disease Clinic

Peripheral Artery Disease Clinic at Denver Health

Peripheral Artery Disease Clinic

At the Denver Health Peripheral Artery Disease Clinic, we evaluate, diagnose and treat PAD to restore proper blood flow throughout the body.

Peripheral artery disease occurs when the same heart artery that clogs fat, causes heart disease affects to the circulation of the legs, arms and neck arteries.

Claudication is when poor circulation to the legs reduces blood flow that carries essential oxygen and nutrients to the leg muscles during activity. This symptom causes feelings of heaviness in the legs, fatigue and cramps or pain in all areas of the legs including the calf, thighs and buttocks.

In more serious or advanced cases, severely clogged arteries may impair the body’s ability to heal sores or ulcers of the legs. This is known as critical limb ischemia. Non-healing sores can cause tissue death or gangrene, leading to amputation.

At the clinic, our dedicated Nurse Practitioner works with patients to develop treatment plans that best fit their condition and health care wishes. We help patients overcome poor leg circulation through accurate diagnosis, lifestyle modification and medical treatment, as needed. Our goal is to help patients achieve good outcomes and prevent them from ever needing amputation. 

Denver Health uses the most current diagnostic tools to accurately diagnose including non-invasive pressure testing, computerized tomography angiogram, magnetic resonance angiogram and angiogram. We treat peripheral artery diseas with lifestyle changes and medical therapy, in conjunction with state-of-the-art endovascular therapies (opening the arteries to improve circulation) completed in our cath lab. These therapies include angioplasty, atherectomy, and stenting. We collaborate with Denver Health’s vascular surgeons to perform more extensive interventions in the operating room.

To prevent Peripheral Artery Disease or to reverse the effects of PAD, people can do the following:

  • Stop smoking
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Manage high blood pressure
  • Manage cholesterol
  • Manage diabetes if you have it
  • Exercise regularly to ease symptoms in the legs, the calf, thighs and buttocks.