Approximately 8.5 million people in the United States have Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)/ PAD occurs when there is a hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis) and causes a buildup of plaque in the blood vessels. Plaque reduces essential blood flow to the limbs and can even cause complete blockages of the arteries. Early on, PAD may only cause difficulty walking, but in its most severe forms it can cause painful foot ulcers, infections and even gangrene, which could require amputation. People with PAD are also more likely to experience heart attacks or strokes. PAD can be prevented by not smoking, participating in regular exercise or physical activities and controlling diabetes, blood pressure and cholesterol. Men are also more likely than women to have PAD.
The Vascular Center at UM Baltimore Washington Medical Center provides comprehensive specialty care to patients with all forms of major vascular disorders including arterial, venous, lymphatic, inflammatory and congenital vascular problems. Their experienced team is comprised of vascular surgeons, registered nurses and registered vascular technologists with experience in treating all forms vascular problems, both surgically and non-surgically.
In 2018, UM BWMC became the first hospital in Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic region to install the new Artis Pheno® multi-axis angiography system from Siemens Healthineers. This robotic imaging system offers the most advanced clinical procedures and techniques to patients, combining unmatched positioning flexibility with high definition imaging.
For more information about treating PAD or to contact The Vascular Center at University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center, please call 410-553-8300 or click here.