Peripheral interventions can improve blood flow through blocked or narrowed arteries in the neck, arms, legs, and abdomen. Blockages are dangerous because a stroke, kidney problems, or high blood pressure may result if the condition is left untreated.
The heart pumps blood into the arterial system. The artery system branches like a tree, supplying nutrients to every part of the body. Our legs and arms have networks of arteries to circulate blood and oxygen.
Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) restricts blood flow in the neck, abdomen, arms, and most often causes blockages in the femoral and popliteal arteries located in the legs.
Just as chest pain or angina in the heart may signal a heart attack, pain with walking or exercise in the thigh, calf, and/or buttocks may signal a lack of blood flow to the legs. Constant cold feet, loss of pulse in the legs or feet, and shiny skin are a few of the symptoms of PAD.
PAD is related to heart disease and increases your risk of stroke. Smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and family history are directed related to having PAD.
A peripheral arterial angioplasty and stenting procedure restores the blood flow in the femoral and popliteal arteries.