Understanding Peripheral Artery Disease: Expert Insights from SLVC Clinic

Understanding Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD): Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

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What is peripheral artery disease?

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a common circulatory problem in which narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to your limbs. When you develop PAD, your extremities, usually your legs, don’t receive enough blood flow to keep up with demand. This may cause symptoms, most notably leg pain when walking (claudication).

What is the most common cause of peripheral artery disease?

The most common cause of peripheral artery disease is atherosclerosis. This condition occurs when fatty deposits (plaques) build up in the artery walls, reducing blood flow. Dr. Sagar Satpute at SLVC Clinic explains that the buildup of these plaques can restrict blood flow and lead to PAD.

What are the typical symptoms of peripheral artery disease?

The symptoms of Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) can vary depending on the severity of the blockage. Look out for:
It’s important to notice that some individuals with Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) may not experience any symptoms at all. Regular check-ups with a healthcare provider are essential, especially for those who may be asymptomatic.

What are the risk factors for peripheral artery disease?

Several factors increase your risk of developing Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD), including:


How can I reduce my risk of peripheral artery disease?

While it’s not always possible to completely prevent Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD), there are steps you can take to reduce your risk:

How is peripheral artery disease treated?

Managing Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) involves a combination of lifestyle adjustments, medications, and medical procedures to improve your overall well-being.The primary goals of PAD treatment are to reduce the risk of cardiovascular events and alleviate the pain associated with walking.

Lifestyle changes

Treatment often begins with lifestyle modifications:


Medications can help control risk factors like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes, reducing your risk of stroke and heart attack.

Supervised Exercise Programs

Structured exercise programs supervised by healthcare professionals can significantly relieve leg pain while walking. They may involve structured treadmill workouts and a daily walking routine that includes starting and stopping to manage discomfort.

Minimally invasive or surgical treatments

In cases where Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) symptoms persist, even after exercise and medication, more advanced intervention may be required. Advanced Minimally invasive or surgical treatments are also one of the options.


Peripheral artery disease is a serious condition that can significantly impact your quality of life if left untreated. By understanding the causes, symptoms, and risk factors associated with PAD, you can take proactive steps to reduce your risk and maintain optimal vascular health. At SLVC Clinic, Dr. Sagar Satpute is dedicated to providing comprehensive care and advanced non-surgical treatments tailored to your needs. Take charge of your vascular health today by seeking expert guidance and support from SLVC Clinic. For more detailed information and personalized care, explore our blogs and schedule a consultation with Dr. Sagar Satpute. Your journey to better vascular health starts here.

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