Amputation Prevention / PAD
If you’re being told you need an amputation, there may be an option to save your limb. Metro Health’s Heart & Vascular Amputation Prevention Program is focused on preventing amputation by opening blocked arteries due to peripheral artery disease (PAD) or critical limb ischemia (CLI). Treatment often includes a combination of lifestyle changes, medications and endovascular intervention or bypass surgery.
Arteries are vessels that carry oxygenated blood through your body. Arteries and veins are both crucial to our cardiovascular health. Arteries push blood away from your heart down to your feet, and veins make sure blood gets recirculated and headed back to your heart.
Goals for PAD treatment:
- Manage symptoms so physical activities can resume
- Stop the progression of atherosclerosis to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke
Affecting millions of people, peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a common circulatory problem caused by fatty deposits (plaques) that build up in the artery walls reducing blood flow to the arms or (typically) the legs. PAD may also be a sign of a more widespread narrowing of arteries causing reduced blood flow to the heart and brain.
If you think you’re experiencing PAD symptoms, schedule an appointment with a Metro Heart & Vascular physician immediately.
Symptoms of PAD include:
- Aching/pain in your legs
- Leg numbness or weakness
- Heaviness in legs
- Swollen ankles
- Leg cramps
- Restless legs
- Skin ulcer
- Pain worsens with activity
- Pain lessens with leg elevation