Peripheral Artery Disease

What is peripheral artery disease?

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a narrowing of the peripheral arteries, limiting the delivery of oxygen-rich blood to your extremities (arms, legs, hands, and feet). The narrowing is most often caused by a buildup of plaque along the blood vessel wall.

PAD can affect any peripheral artery, but the narrowing most often shows up in the blood vessels in the legs. Crampy leg pain when walking or climbing stairs that goes away when you rest your legs — a condition called claudication — is the most common symptom of PAD.

Though treatment for PAD varies, severe narrowing of the blood vessels usually requires surgery, like angioplasty and stent placement.

Dr. Balraj is an experienced and well-respected vascular surgeon specializing in in-office and complex in-hospital angioplasty and stent placement procedures for patients with PAD.