Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is the narrowing of any of the arteries to the legs, kidneys, stomach, arms, brain, and other organs. This condition increases the likelihood of a heart attack or stroke.
The most common symptoms of PAD include leg or arm discomfort while exercising, leg ulcers, and other serious complications, such as gangrene.
PAD affects almost 10 million patients, yet it remains one of the most underdiagnosed and undertreated conditions.
Our team of vascular specialists includes experts in diagnosing and treating abnormalities of the vascular/circulation system, including PAD.
At the Maurice R. and Corinne P. Greenberg Division of Cardiology, our vascular specialists are board certified in vascular or endovascular medicine, cardiovascular disease, and interventional cardiology. They have received extensive training, including a fellowship and additional specialization in vascular procedures.
To accurately diagnose abnormalities in the vascular system, our specialists use the most advanced, contemporary noninvasive tests available. These tests use cuffs—similar to those used to measure arm blood pressure and ultrasound technology—and can be conveniently performed during a regular office visit.
At Weill Cornell Medicine, our Peripheral and Endovascular Service offers:
We also provide CT angiography (CTA) and magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) to ensure the most accurate diagnosis possible.
Our team of vascular specialists offers a comprehensive, multispecialty, cutting-edge approach to the evaluation and care of patients with PAD. We offer the most advanced minimally invasive treatment options.
We will work closely with our patients and referring physicians to coordinate a personalized treatment plan for every patient. Our goal is to understand our patient’s condition and then treat it in a way that improves his or her lifestyle and prevent future vascular problems.
Each patient receives a unique treatment plan tailored to his or her specific condition and lifestyle goals. Treatment options may include:
Medical therapy: Medical therapy is an integral part of treatment for all patients with peripheral arterial disease. Drug therapy is used to target leg or arm discomfort that occurs with exertion and as a result of clogged arteries. Medications are also used to treat underlying conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol.
Lifestyle changes: Improvements in lifestyle are crucial for preventing future vascular complications. We help patients:
Minimally invasive endovascular treatments: Our experienced interventional cardiologists specialize in performing minimally invasive procedures. These are performed through a small opening in the groin or arm (not open-heart surgery), resulting in a shorter recovery period and fewer complications. Clogged arteries can be treated with balloon angioplasty, placement of stents, or atherectomy (plaque excision from the artery).
To make an appointment to see one of our physicians with expertise in Peripheral and Endovascular disease , you may:
Our staff is here to help coordinate your care. They will provide you with information on our physicians, their areas of expertise and help arrange for your visit and other testing when appropriate.
Dmitriy N. Feldman, M.D.
|Professor of Medicine, Director Endovascular Services||646-962-5500||Full Profile|
Ingrid Hriljac, M.D.
|Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine , Director Vascular Laboratory||646-962-4733||Full Profile|
Luke Kim, M.D.
|Associate Professor of Medicine, Director Interventional Cardiology Fellowship||646-962-5500||Full Profile|
Robert Mark Minutello, M.D.
|Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Director, NYPQ Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and Structural Heart Disease||646-962-5500||Full Profile|