Peripheral Vascular Disease Clinic

Peripheral vascular disease refers to diseases of blood vessels that carry blood to the legs, arms, stomach or kidneys. Like coronary artery disease, vessels narrow and restrict blood circulation.

Two types of these circulation disorders:

  • Functional peripheral vascular diseases
    • Don't involve defects in blood vessels' structure
  • Organic peripheral vascular diseases
    • Caused by structural changes in the blood vessels
      • E.g. inflammation and tissue damage

Our peripheral vascular disease team comprise of surgeons who specialize in treating this disease. Our team also conducts a thorough vascular screening to help a person determine whether they are at risk for vascular disease.

    Techniques used to diagnose Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) include:

    • Magnetic resonance imaging angiography (MRA)
    • Medical history
    • Physical exam
    • Ultrasound
    • X-ray angiography

    Treatment includes:

    • Angioplasty
      • A medical procedure using a special balloon to open a blocked coronary artery
    • A stent
      • A cylindrical, wire mesh tube
      • Placed in the narrowed artery with a catheter
    • Drugs
      • Antiplatelet agents
      • Cholesterol-lowering agents (statins)
      • Help improve walking distance (cilostazol and pentoxifylline)
    • Lifestyle changes

    Care Team