• Welcome to the Peripheral Artery Disease (P.A.D.) information website!
    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.)

    Definition:

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

    Symptoms:

    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.

    Diagnosis:

    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.

    Testing:

    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.

    Treatment:

    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.

    Prognosis:

    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.

     

    Perseverance Adaptability Determination

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

    Check out the Medical NotePAD video library for P.A.D. basics!

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  • Do you want to talk with someone about P.A.D?

     You are welcome to call our care team now!

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

    1-415-320-7138
    We provide real-time Support 8am - 8pm ET daily!

    • Do you have questions about symptoms?
    • Do you have questions about your diagnosis/treatment options?
    • Do you need help finding a frontline vascular specialist in your area or a second opinion?
    • Do you need help with diet, exercise, or smoking cessation?

    Don't wait! Call now for free support!

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  • Has your doctor discussed AMPUTATION?

     Get a Second Opinion NOW!

    95% of P.A.D. & Diabetic Foot related amputations are preventable.

    Different doctors have different tools and techniques.
    Another physician may have a different limb saving approach.

    Get your case reviewed!

    Call our Leg Saver Hotline for an urgent second opinion!

    1-415-320-7138

    Need help navigating P.A.D. care?

    The Way To My Heart's care team provides free:

     

    Education: We help you to understand your diagnosis and treatment options. Physicians have a limited timeframe for consultations. We supplement the information they provide with answers to additional questions you may have about P.A.D. The Way To My Heart not only provides one-on-one support, but also online facilitated group support with other P.A.D. Warriors who share their experiences, as well as monthly new patient orientations, weekly physician and clinician Q&A's, quarterly virtual conferences and a monthly newsletter.

     

    Appointment preparation. We help you sort out your thoughts and experiences so you are prepared to maximize the 15 minute consultation with your vascular specialist. We also will work with you on a strategic set of questions to discuss with your doctor.

     

    Appointment Support. Have you ever gone into an appointment and forgotten all of what you hoped to address? Has a doctor offered treatment options that you weren't familiar with and weren't sure what to ask? We attend appointments with you via phone/video chat to ensure all of your questions are answered. We also have extensive experience observing treatments in Cath Labs around the world and can ask additional questions related to them so that you can make an informed decision about your options.

     

    Appointment Follow-up. We schedule a follow-up conversation with you and friends/family you choose to discuss your diagnosis and treatment options to ensure a comprehensive understanding. We also work with you on a strategy to comply with critical lifestyle modifications prescribed by your physician. Plus, we provide appointment reminders and help find a second opinion if necessary.

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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.

    Episode 3: Meet "Steve"

    "Steve" shares his successful decade-long "Walking As Medicine" treatment program.

    "It was a much better option than bypass, which I likely would've had to have re-done by now."

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    Every little bit helps! Thank you so much for your support! All donations are tax deductible!"The Way To My Heart" is a federal tax exempt 501(c)(3) EIN: 84-3065768

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    Weekly discussions About Vascular Health!

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