• Welcome to the Peripheral Artery Disease (P.A.D.) information and support network!

    We are here to help you make informed decisions on your care and explore ways to manage this disease so you can live a better quality of life.

    It can be done!

  • What is Peripheral Artery Disease (P.A.D.)


    P.A.D. is a narrowing of the arteries which occurs in the peripherals, mainly the legs, caused by plaque build-up.


    Symptoms include leg pain, leg cramps, tingling, neuropathy, skin discoloration, non-healing foot sores. Click HERE to check your symptoms.

    Risk Factors:

    Risk factors include age, heredity, diabetes, obesity, smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure.


    Some physicians may misdiagnose it as a symptom of aging, peripheral neuropathy, sciatica, even gout. It's important for a physician to rule out P.A.D. with symptoms of leg pain, tingling, numbness, cramping, discoloration.


    Your physician may order an Ankle Brachial Index (ABI) test, which uses blood pressure cuffs to measure the blood pressure on your legs versus that of your arms or an artery ultrasound. An ABI test can offer a false normal result if your vessels are highly calcified and diabetic. If you are experiencing symptoms such as leg pain, leg cramps, numbness, tingling, or have a non-healing ulcer on your foot, ask for a follow-up ultrasound.


    P.A.D. is treatable with medicine, walking, intervention, and surgery. A regimented walking program is frontline therapy as it accelerates your body's ability to expand a smaller network of vessels to re-route flow around narrowed arteries.

    P.A.D. Specialists:

    Your physician will send you to a P.A.D. Specialist. It can be either a Vascular Surgeon, Interventional Radiologist, Interventional Cardiologist, or Vascular Medicine doctor. Each practice and physician may have different tools and techniques they use to treat narrowed blood vessels. Each will tell you they 'treat P.A.D.,' but each may specialize in a specific area of the body or type of procedure, minimally invasive (endovascular) or surgical (bypass/amputation). Before any procedure, it's important to get a second opinion to understand all available options.


    Caught early, P.A.D. is treatable to slow progression of disease. Left untreated, it could lead to heart attack, stroke, and amputation. The key is to understand your risk factors so you can seek early diagnosis and treatment.


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    We are with you every step of the way from diagnosis & treatment to long-term management.
    You are not alone in this journey!

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    Our care team provides more resources and speaks with more P.A.D. patients and caregivers than any other organization in the world.

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  • P.A.D. Warrior Stories

    Real stories of perseverance written by fellow P.A.D Warriors

  • "Save My Piggies" Podcast

    Host: Dr. John Phillips

    Save My Piggies is a podcast for patients by patients hosted by "Leg Saver" Dr. John Phillips. Patients share their stories of perseverance to inspire others who have Peripheral Artery Disease to always get a second opinion, to seek options beyond amputation, and to take their health into their own hands by making critical lifestyle modifications that could safe life & limb.

    Episode 1: Meet "Kim"

    How Kim saved her 'other' leg from amputation

    "If I were to do it all over again I wouldn't have settled for amputation. I would've gotten a second opinion."

    Episode 2: Meet "Derrick & Toni"

    Hear Derrick's Journey that took him from amputation at a large nearby hospital to an Office-Based Lab hours away where a highly skilled Interventional Cardiologist saved his foot.


    His wife, Toni, shares critical lessons learned along the way.

    Learn How Duke Avoided Amputation

    His doctors told him he made more money with amputation than with endovascular or bypass. So, he sought a second opinion.

    Don't Let Doctors Brush Off Your Symptoms

    Advocate for yourself and inspire your doctors to test for Peripheral Artery Disease if you experience leg pain or leg cramps.

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