Peripheral vascular disease (PVD), also known as peripheral artery disease (PAD), is a condition of the blood vessels that leads to narrowing and hardening of the arteries that supply blood to the legs and feet. This narrowing of the blood vessels decreases blood flow, which can damage nerves and other tissues and cause a number of medical problems.
Since the mid 1970's, the peripheral vascular program at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center has offered the community a full spectrum of services for treating complex peripheral vascular disease. In 2005, Illinois Masonic Medical Center began performing innovative procedures such as carotid and peripheral artery stenting to open arteries.
Our board-certified peripheral interventional cardiologists now offer patients with high surgical risks a minimally invasive alternative for restoring their circulation. We've also recently added aortic stent graft placement for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), carotid stenting and varicose vein ablation, among other treatment options now available to our patients.
Learn more about PVD and how it is treated at our online Health Encyclopedia.