Peripheral Arterial Disease Specialist

Vein & Cardiovascular Center

Ashish Pal, MD, FACC

Cardiologist & Vein Specialist located in Orlando, Sebring, & Davenport, FL

As many as 12 million Americans have peripheral arterial disease (PAD) today. When you need PAD treatments like angioplasty, stents, and atherectomy to restore blood flow, you want a world-class expert to perform the procedure. Ashish Pal, MD, FACC, has 22 years of experience in treating PAD, and he’s ready to perform your advanced procedures on-site in his three offices in Orlando, Sebring, and Davenport, Florida. Call Vein & Cardiovascular Center: Ashish Pal, MD, or schedule an appointment online.

Peripheral Arterial Disease Q & A

What is peripheral arterial disease (PAD)?

PAD is a serious artery disease in which the blood vessels in your legs grow too narrow for blood to pass successfully. It’s a very common disease among Americans over 40, but it’s often undiagnosed and untreated. 

What causes PAD?

PAD develops because of atherosclerosis, which means plaque accumulation, within your artery walls. 

Plaque, which includes fatty deposits and cholesterol, clings to your artery walls and then hardens. As it builds up, plaque restricts your blood flow and starts to cause serious symptoms. 

What are the symptoms of PAD?

Diminished blood circulating in your legs and feet can lead to a variety of issues, including: 

  • Leg pain
  • Heavy feeling legs
  • Leg cramping
  • Discolored skin
  • Poor wound healing
  • Discomfort when walking or exercising
  • Slow growing nails
  • Shiny legs, indicating reduced hair growth

When untreated PAD leads to severe arterial obstruction, it can cause critical limb ischemia. This condition happens when you can’t get enough blood to nourish and support the tissue. With critical limb ischemia, pain and other symptoms can increase dramatically.

Eventually, a complete artery blockage can lead to gangrene (tissue death), and then possibly amputation. You can avoid this if you treat PAD before tissue damage starts. 

Am I at risk for PAD?

Dr. Pal can help you assess your risk factors, which include:

  • Smoking, which quadruples your risk
  • Hypertension
  • Being over 50 years old
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Sedentary lifestyle

Often, you can greatly reduce your risk of PAD, and also heart attack and stroke, with lifestyle changes. If you already have PAD and get appropriate treatment, Dr. Pal can then recommend ongoing changes to reduce your risk of artery disease in the future. 

How do you treat and manage PAD?

Dr. Pal has more than two decades of specific PAD experience. He’s a leading diagnostician and treatment provider who customizes your care with in-office treatments. 

After diagnosing your PAD using tests such as ankle-brachial index, cardiopulmonary exercise test (CPET), ultrasound, MRI, and CT scans, Dr. Pal explains the best way to restore healthy blood flow to your legs. 

He may recommend in-office treatments such as angioplasty or atherectomy, which are both methods to open your clogged artery. If needed, Dr. Pal may place a stent, a small tube that keeps your artery open. 

Because PAD and chronic kidney disease often occur together, you may also need a stent to increase blood flow to your kidneys. 

For the most advanced PAD treatments in convenient outpatient locations, call Vein & Cardiovascular Center: Ashish Pal, MD, or click on the online appointment maker.