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UC Davis Vascular Center

UC Davis Vascular Center

Appointments & Referrals

Monday-Friday:
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Physician Referral Center
Specialty referrals
and phone consultations:
1-800-4-UCDAVIS
1-800-482-3284 (choose option #2)
Consumer Resource Center
1-800-2-UCDAVIS
1-800-282-3284
General information
Vascular Center:
916-734-3800

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD)

Description

Peripheral arterial disease, or PAD, refers to a reduction in blood-flow to the legs and feet. PAD is caused by hardening of the arteries or atherosclerosis, in which fatty deposits called plaques build up along the walls of the arteries. This buildup can reduce blood-flow, or block it completely. When blood-flow to the legs and feet is reduced, two conditions can result:

Claudication, the most common symptom of PAD, results in pain in the muscles of the buttocks, thighs and/or calves when walking.

People with critical limb ischemia, on the other hand, feel pain in their feet even when they are at rest, or develop non-healing sores on their feet. Those with critical limb ischemia are at risk for amputation.

Symptoms, risk factors, diagnosis and treatment

See the above links for information on symptoms, risk factors, diagnosis and treatment for PAD specific to claudication or critical limb ischemia.