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

Peripheral Artery disease or PAD occurs when the same heart artery clogging fat that causes heart disease affects the circulation to the legs, arms and neck arteries.

Poor circulation to the legs reduces blood flow that carries essential oxygen and nutrients to the leg muscles during activity. This is called claudication. Claudication causes feelings of heaviness in the legs, fatigue, and cramps or pain an 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 know as critical limb ischemia. Non-healing sores can cause tissue death or gangrene, leading to a need for amputation.

At the Denver Health PAD Clinic, our dedicated nurse practitioner works with patients to develop treatment plans that best fit their condition and their 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 diagnosis PAD. These include noninvasive pressure testing, computerized tomography angiogram, magnetic resonance angiogram, and angiogram. We treat PAD with lifestyle changes and medical therapy in conjunction with state of the art endovascular therapies (opening the arteries to improve circulation) that are done in our cath lab. These therapies include angioplasty, atherectomy, and stenting. We collaborate with Denver Health’s vascular surgeons to perform more extensive interventions that are done surgically in the operating room.

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

  • Don't smoke

  • Eat a healthy diet

  • Manage high blood pressure

  • Manage cholesterol

  • Manage diabetes if you have it

  • Exercise regularly to ease PAD symptoms in the legs