Services and treatments

Peripheral artery disease (PAD)

A unique approach to peripheral artery disease (PAD)

Poor blood circulation in the legs and arms is a common problem, particularly for those over 50. The problem can develop into what is known as peripheral artery disease, or PAD. (It is sometimes called peripheral arterial disease or peripheral vascular disease.)

PAD occurs when the vessels that carry blood to the limbs, brain, stomach and kidneys narrow because of fatty buildup in the inner walls of the arteries. The buildup restricts normal blood flow.

Health issues from PAD

Most people first notice PAD when they feel cramping, fatigue, pain or discomfort in the legs and buttocks. These signs come from poor circulation to the legs, a condition called “claudication.” It can make it difficult to walk.

PAD can lead to serious health issues, such as:

• Leg or foot wounds that are slow to heal, in some cases leading to gangrene or limb amputation

• High blood pressure

• Stroke or heart attack

• Kidney problems

WomanHeart and peripheral artery disease 

In this short video, PAD disease survivor Maureen Mahoney and Columbia University Medical Center’s Dr. Sahil A. Parikh chat about what women need to know regarding the signs of peripheral artery disease.  WomenHeart, provider of the video, is a nonprofit organization that empowers women to take charge of their heart health.

A program just for PAD

Legacy Health offers a unique approach: treating PAD through exercise and education. It is the first such program in the Portland-Vancouver and Silverton areas.
Legacy uses the expertise of exercise physiologists, nurses, physical therapists and a dietitian working in-depth with patients.

Patients work with the team up to three days a week for 12 weeks.

 how a Tualatin resident improved her quality of life with PAD exercise therapy.Read

Make an appointment

To take part in our program, you need a referral from your primary care doctor or provider. Make an appointment with your doctor and talk about your issues.
Our program is covered by most health insurance plans, including Medicare. Check your insurance for coverage.


Our program for PAD is available at each Legacy Health hospital:



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