Peripheral artery disease is a painful form of vascular disease that affects arteries supplying blood to your legs. According to the Centers for Disease Control, roughly 8 million people in the United States have this condition. The Henry Ford Heart & Vascular Institute is one of few programs in Michigan with clinics dedicated to helping you manage your risks so you can live pain free.
Henry Ford peripheral arterial disease clinics
If you are at risk for peripheral artery disease (PAD), it is important to get help. Many people with PAD don’t experience symptoms until they reach the advanced stages of the disease. Coming to the PAD clinic can keep you safe from serious complications such as heart attack and amputation.
Highlights of our program include:
- Expertise: Our team of doctors is skilled in every aspect of PAD. We specialize in recognizing early warning signs so you can get the care you need.
- Comprehensive diagnostic testing: With nationally accredited vascular testing labs, we perform comprehensive testing to quickly and accurately diagnose complex conditions. Learn more expert diagnosis available at our cardiovascular testing labs.
- Individualized prevention programs: We work with you one on one to develop healthy living goals that can help slow or stop your PAD symptoms.
- Broad range of treatments: From non-surgical treatments to life saving open surgical procedures, our doctors expertly deliver the full spectrum of PAD treatments.
PAD (also known as peripheral vascular disease) is more common than you may think. Nearly 1 in 5 people older than 60 years of age have this disease. If you are under 50 years of age and have certain medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, your chances of having PAD could be as high as one in two.
PAD disease diagnosis
Our specialists have years of experience in diagnosing and treating PAD. Our team includes:
- Interventional cardiologists
- Vascular medicine specialists
- Vascular surgeons
- Preventive cardiologists
- Vascular disease specialists
- Interventional radiologists
Starting with your very first visit, we get to the source of your pain so you can start to feel better. Here’s what to expect:
- Review of your family health history
- Questions about your symptoms, medical history and lifestyle
- A thorough vascular evaluation where we check things like your pulse and blood flow in your legs
- We also look for wounds that are not healing properly as well as changes in your hair, skin or nails
We also perform Ankle Brachial Index (ABI) testing. This simple test compares blood pressure levels in your ankle to the blood pressure in your arm to see how well blood is flowing to your limbs.
- If your ABI is positive, you have PAD. You may need additional testing to determine which vein or veins are causing your discomfort so we can recommend the right treatment. Learn more about PAD treatments.
- If your ABI is negative, we may ask you to come back to the clinic in a year to see if there are any changes in your condition.