Peripheral Arterial Disease Program

The Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) program at The Heart & Vascular Center of Northern Arizona specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of peripheral arterial disease. Our interventional cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons specialize in the medical and surgical treatment of PAD and work as team to provide the best treatment options for those diagnosed with PAD.

PAD is a condition in which the arteries that deliver blood to the body become narrowed or clogged. PAD is caused by atherosclerosis, and is common among individuals older than 50. People with PAD also have an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. According to the American Heart Association, as many as 12 million Americans experience PAD.

Risk factors for PAD:

  • Smoker
  • Hypertension
  • Overweight
  • Diabetes
  • Elevated cholesterol
  • Inactive lifestyle
  • Family history of heart or vascular problems


  • Fatigue, aching, cramping or pain in legs, toes or feet while walking
  • Numbness or weakness in the legs
  • Slow healing sores on feet or legs


  • Angioplasty (balloon repair of a narrowed artery)
  • Stent placement (mesh tube inserted into a narrowed artery)
  • Plaque excision atherectomy (removal of plaque within a narrowed artery using a special catheter to shave away plaque)
  • Laser atherectomy (removal of plaque using pulsating beams of ultraviolet light to vaporize the plaque)

The HVCNA physicians treat PAD at both Flagstaff Medical Center and Verde Valley Medical Center. The hospitals provide on-site radiologists and a caring team of healthcare professionals, in addition to state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization labs, surgical suites and medical imaging equipment.

To make an appointment with one of our world-class physicians, contact us.