Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)
Screenings & Treatment for Peripheral Artery Disease
Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) is a chronic circulatory condition, which if left untreated can result in unnecessary limb amputations. If you have leg pain, numbness or other symptoms, don’t dismiss these symptoms. Schedule an appointment with your doctor. Even without symptoms, you may need to be screened if you are over the age of 65, over age 50 and have a history of diabetes or smoking, under age 50 but suffer from obesity or high blood pressure.
Riverside Medical Group provides screenings at our different adult medicine locations throughout New Jersey. If after your screening you are found to be at higher risk for PAD, we may recommend you receive a noninvasive PVR (pulse volume recording) to test the arterial blood flow in your arms or legs at one of our participating locations.
Locations performing PVR (Pulse Volume Recordings)
Bayonne, NJ 07002
425-427 70th St
Guttenberg, NJ 07093
591 Summit Ave Suite 205.
Jersey City, NJ 07306
62 Ridge Road
North Arlington, NJ 07031
Understanding PAD & Risk Factors
Peripheral artery disease can be caused by atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is the build up of fatty deposits on artery walls which reduce blood flow. When atherosclerosis affects arteries supplying blood to the limbs peripheral artery disease occurs.
Not as common, peripheral artery disease can be caused by blood vessel inflammation, limb injury, radiation exposure or unusual anatomy of ligaments or muscles.
Factors that increase your risk of developing peripheral artery disease include:
* Diabetes & Obesity
* Increasing age, especially after 50 years old
* High Blood Pressure
* A family History of PAD
* High levels of homocysteine
Symptoms of PAD
Many people suffering from peripheral artery disease have no symptoms, some people will suffer from leg pain when walking (Claudication). If PAD progresses pain may even occur when you are at rest or lying down (ischemic rest pain). The pain from claudication can vary from mild discomfort to debilitating pain.
Other symptoms include:
* Leg numbness or weakness
* Coldness in your lower leg or foot
* Hair loss on feet and legs
* Shiny skin on legs
* No pulse or week pulse in legs or feet
* Sores on toes, feet or legs that won’t heal
* A change in the color of the legs
* Erectile dysfunction in men
Multiple Locations in New Jersey
With over 28 locations in New Jersey, our primary care services are convenient and readily available for our NJ patients.
Our internists are committed to understanding your needs, both clinical and personal to create a personalized treatment plan for your individualized symptoms and needs. We are focused on creating a trusted relationship with you, helping us better focus on your overall wellness and health.
As a partner in your health, we offer more than just primary care. We work with many hospitals in the area to provide our New Jersey patients with immediate medical care. We are affiliated with surrounding hospitals (opens in new window) including: Holy Name Medical Center, Palisades Medical Center, CarePoint Health, Hackensack UMC, Columbia University, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, The Valley Hospital, St. Joseph’s Healthcare System, Clara Maass Medical Center, and Jersey City Medical Center.
Find Your Nearest Location
Our internists are here to help you take back control of your life and to help you start living comfortably. If you are experiencing symptoms of PAD, it may be time to see a professional. Please call us today to schedule an appointment. We look forward to meeting you.