Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)

Comprehensive care and services

Peripheral artery disease, otherwise known as PAD, occurs when blood vessels outside the heart or brain are blocked or restricted. These blockages or restrictions are caused by fatty deposits called plaque. Patients with PAD are at increased risk for heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure, poor wound healing and toe/foot amputation.

PAD symptoms

The most common symtom is pain or cramping while walking, typically in the calves or thighs. This pain usually disappears after a few minutes of rest. Other symptoms include cold or numb feet and toes, slow-healing sores and foot pain while at rest.

Are you at risk?

Early diagnosis and treatment is the key to decreasing your risk for more serious health problems.

The U.S. Department of Health estimates that one in every 20 adults over age 50 has PAD, which affects 8-12 million people nationwide. Though easily diagnosable, PAD often goes undiagnosed until it reaches an advanced stage in many patients.

Adults over 50 and African Americans are at an increased risk of developing PAD. Other risk factors include:

  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Smoking
  • Family history of vascular disease

PAD questionnaire

Complete our brief PAD screening questionnaire to learn whether you're at risk.


The University of Kansas Hospital specialists use noninvasive 64-slice CT equipment, which produces high-quality images to accurately diagnose PAD. Other screening examinations are used when necessary.

Treatment options

Our highly experienced vascular medicine specialists, interventional cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, vascular surgeons and interventional radiologists work together to provide you the best care.

Your team of caregivers will tailor treatment to meet your indivual needs, choosing from a comprehensive array of the latest minimally invasive procedures to restore blood flow. Procedures include angioplasty, stenting and other forms of atherectomies. These nonsurgical procedures result in faster recovery times and shorter hospital stays with less blood loss, pain, scarring and risk of infection.

Recognized experts on staff

The University of Kansas Hospital's heart and vascular specialists possess the expertise and dedication to provide high-quality care and service to patients with even the most complicated healthcare needs.

U.S. News and World Report's Best Hospitals has ranked our hospital among the nation's top 50 for cardiology and heart surgery every year since 2007. In addition, Thompson Reuters named us as one of the country's 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals for 2011.

Clinical trials

As a leading academic medical center, we offer patients the opportunity to partipate in clinical trials These trials can help find improved treatments for heart and vascular conditons.

Second opinion service

When you are diagnosed with a medical condition, it's understandable to want a second opinion. Our specialists will provide a second opinion and help you learn more about your condition and treatment options, whether you have been diagnosed with PAD or any other vascular disorder.

Convenient locations

Near the state line, The University of Kansas Hospital is located one mile south of I-35 at 39th and Rainbow Boulevard in Kansas City, Kansas. Our cardiac and vascular specialists also treat patients at other locations throughout the region. Visit to learn more.

More information

For more information or to make an appointment, call 913.588.1227 or toll free 800.332.6048.


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