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Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) 

Advances in the Treatment of PAD

If you have leg pain or cramping, slow or non-healing wounds on the legs, feet or toes you may have Peripheral Arterial Disease or PAD. This condition is caused by a narrowing of blood flow to the arms and legs, and if left untreated, can result in chronic pain, ulcers, gangrene and even amputation. PAD can significantly increase your risk for heart attack and stroke. If you have one or more of the risk factors for PAD - cigarette smoking, diabetes, obesity, physical inactivity and/or high cholesterol - and have concerns about pain in your lower legs, be assured that you can turn to the hospitals of Community Healthcare System for the latest advances in the treatment of this disease.

Diagnosing PAD

A simple non-invasive screening called an Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI) can detect PAD and involves blood pressure readings in the arms and legs to check for blockages in circulation. If further testing is required after an abnormal screening result, an Arterial Doppler test may be scheduled by your physician that uses sound waves to check for any obstruction to blood flow.

If the Arterial Doppler indicates that the blood flow in a patient's leg is obstructed, the physician may order an Angiogram. During an angiogram, a substance that can be seen under an X-ray is injected into the leg and pictures are taken to define the exact location of the obstruction as well as the surrounding circulation.

Advanced Treatment Options for PAD

Advanced treatment options are available at our hospitals to open up the vessels in the legs to restore blood flow.

Options include:

  • Cool laser revascularization to vaporized plaque
  • Angioplasty and stents to restore blood flow to the legs
  • Shaving the plaque away using a device called SilverHawk
  • Pulverizing plaque using Orbital Atherectomy - a device that rotates at a high rate of speed

PAD Rehabilitation

Exercise therapy has been proven to help some of the painful symptoms of PAD, as well as increase overall cardiovascular health. Our PAD Rehabilitation program is designed to improve walking endurance for daily activities and provides appropriate peripheral and cardiovascular education and assist with risk factor reduction to help prevent future problems. The program is offered through Phase 3 Cardiac Rehabilitation at the hospitals of Community Healthcare System

Community Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation Phase 3
Lake Business Center
9200 Calumet Avenue
Munster, IN 46321

St. Catherine Hospital, Cardiac Rehabilitation
4321 Fir Street
East Chicago, IN 46312
219 392-7100

St. Mary Medical Center CardioPulmonary Rehabilitation
1354 S. Lake Park Avenue
Hobart, IN 46342