Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a hardening of the arteries due to build-up or blockage in any area of the body other than the heart. The disease most commonly affects the legs, but it can also occur in the kidneys, neck or arms. These blockages keep extremities and organs from receiving oxygen-rich blood. PAD is a common and treatable disease, but it is often misdiagnosed as its main symptom of leg cramps is regarded by many as an inevitable consequence of aging. Ultimately, PAD can reduce mobility and be fatal if left untreated.
Many people lose limbs each year due to peripheral artery blockage. Among those living with limb loss, the main cause is vascular disease (54%) – including diabetes and peripheral artery disease.
At Cardiovascular Institute of the South, we believe that early diagnosis and treatment can prevent disability and save limbs and lives. Through the development of non-surgical treatments and the advancements of leading-edge technology, patients can be assured that each case is thoroughly reviewed, and all available treatment options are considered.
Cardiovascular Institute of the South is one of the nation's most respected groups of cardiologists, representing nearly every specialty in heart and vascular medicine. While most leading medical centers are located in a single facility within a large city, CIS brings comprehensive cardiovascular care close to home by serving patients in 20 locations throughout the Southeast United States. Established in 1983, CIS remains dedicated to its mission, guiding its expansion to more communities.