Peripheral Arterial Disease Peripheral Arterial Disease occurs when atherosclerosis – or hardening of the arteries – causes a build-up of plaque on the walls of blood vessels. As the plaque continues to build, blood flow to the heart is compromised and can cause partial or complete blockages, which lessen blood flow. This reduced circulation can effect your ability to walk and can lead to pain in your legs and serious problems with sores and ulcers on your feet. This can also put you at risk for heart attack or stroke. Screening exams for PAD are offered in our vascular lab. Endovascular procedures include non-invasive balloon angioplasty and open surgical procedures. Angioplasty uses a tiny balloon and stents to open blocked arteries, while open surgery uses a bypass graft to reroute blood around a blocked artery in the abdomen or leg. The damaged section of artery is not removed during this procedure, and more than one artery may be treated during these procedures.
To find out if you are a candidate for treatment or for more information, please contact our Vascular Lab in the Pen Bay Physician's Building at 207-593-5733.
Find out more about our Vascular Services at Pen Bay Medical Center.