It’s important to know that persistent leg pain is not a normal part of getting older. You may have peripheral artery disease. Although this condition can become serious, it is highly treatable when caught early. Henry Ford Heart & Vascular Institute is one of few programs in Michigan offering specialized clinics dedicated to comprehensive treatment and lifelong care for this condition.
Advanced diagnostic testing for peripheral vascular disease
If you are at risk for peripheral artery disease (PAD), we may perform one or more advanced diagnostic tests. Using special equipment and sophisticated angiographic techniques, our experts perform fast and accurate testing. In fact, the Intersocietal Commission accredits our cardiovascular testing labs for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories. This means we adhere to strict national standards for quality and safety.
Advanced diagnostic testing may include:
- Arterial duplex
- Blood tests to check for signs of artery disease
- Computed tomography (CT) scan
- Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA)
- Pulse volume recording
- Treadmill test
- Vascular ultrasound
These tests help us pinpoint the source of your pain so we can recommend the best treatments. Learn more about our testing labs and expert diagnosis of cardiovascular conditions.
Non-surgical PAD disease treatment in southeast Michigan
Effective treatment can slow or stop the progress of PAD and reduce your risk for complications such as gangrene (tissue death). We customize treatment plans based on your symptoms, risk factors and results from your physical exams and diagnostic tests.
Lifestyle Changes: In the early stages of PAD, one of the most effective ways to improve your symptoms is by making small changes toward a healthier lifestyle. Our preventive cardiologists have years of experience helping PAD patients develop realistic goals that can lead to big changes in how you feel.
We know that change isn’t always easy and we want you to be successful, that’s why we offer the Prevention Through Exercise and Education (PREVENT) Program*.
Under the PREVENT program we can help you:
- Follow a healthy eating plan that’s low in fat, cholesterol and sodium, and high in fruits, vegetables and whole grains
- Quit tobacco use
- Keep chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure (hypertension) and hyperlipidemia under control
- Become more physically active through a supervised exercise program
*The PREVENT program is not covered by insurance. You may need to pay a modest fee.
Medication Management: If lifestyle changes alone are not enough to control your symptoms. Medications may help you feel better.
Our team carefully selects the medications that can:
- Prevent blood clots from forming
- Lower your blood cholesterol levels
- Lower your blood pressure
- Improve circulation in your legs
- Help ease any pain that comes with walking or climbing stairs
As with any prescription medication, be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions. If you have any questions or experience unpleasant side effects, you can always talk with a specialist from our PAD clinic.
Surgical treatments for peripheral arterial disease
Some people need surgery to relieve their symptoms. However, this only happens if your PAD is severe and you are at risk for losing a limb (leg or arm). The goal of surgery is to restore good blood flow to affected areas.
Our vascular surgeons expertly deliver a broad range of treatments including:
- Bypass grafting
Learn more about vascular surgery at Henry Ford.