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What is Peripheral Arterial Disease?

Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) is a narrowing of the peripheral arteries most commonly the arteries of the pelvis and legs.  It affects approx. 8 million Americans and is more common among smokers, diabetics and older patients.  Most common symptom is leg cramping or pain while walking.  Some patients have no symptoms at all. Left alone PAD can lead to gangrene and amputation. Furthermore, patients with PAD have 4-5 times the risk of heart attack or stroke.

PAD can be easily diagnosed with simple non invasive tests.

As staff cardiologists with Columbus Cardiology Associates, we not only formulate a treatment plan for PAD but also routinely assess our patients cardiovascular disease risk, since the most common cause of death in patients with PAD is cardiovascular disease.

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