Peripheral Artery Disease
At Wheatland Bair Memorial Clinic we evaluate, diagnose and treat PAD to restore proper blood flow throughout the body.
Peripheral Artery disease or PAD occurs when the same heart artery clogging fat that causes heart disease affects the circulation to the legs, arms and neck arteries.
Poor circulation to the legs reduces blood flow that carries essential oxygen and nutrients to the leg muscles during activity. This is called Claudication. Claudication causes feelings of heaviness in the legs, fatigue, and cramps or pain an all areas of the legs including the calf, thighs and buttocks.
In more serious or advanced cases, severely clogged arteries may impair the body’s ability to heal sores or ulcers of the legs. This is know as critical limb ischemia. Non-healing sores can cause tissue death or gangrene, leading to a need for amputation.
At the Bair Clinic, Dr. Jutila works with patients to develop treatment plans that best fit their condition and their health care wishes. We help patients overcome poor leg circulation through accurate diagnosis, lifestyle modification and medical treatment, as needed. Our goal is to help patients achieve good outcomes and prevent them from ever needing amputation.
Bair Clinic uses the most current diagnostic tools to accurately diagnosis PAD. These include noninvasive pressure testing and angiogram.
To prevent PAD or to reverse the effects of PAD, people can do the following:
- Don’t smoke
- Manage cholesterol
- Eat a healthy diet
- Manage high blood pressure
- Manage diabetes if you have it
- Exercise regularly to ease PAD symptoms in the legs
Please call the Bair Memorial Clinic is more information or an appointment at 406-632-3170