University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Peripheral Vascular Disease Clinic

Our peripheral vascular disease team is made up of surgeons who specialize in treating this disease, through medical means as well as surgical.

Our team also conducts a thorough vascular screening to help a person determine whether they are at risk for vascular disease.

Peripheral vascular disease refers to diseases of blood vessels that carry blood to the legs, arms, stomach or kidneys. Like coronary artery disease, vessels narrow and restrict blood circulation.

There are two types of these circulation disorders:

  • Functional peripheral vascular diseases don't involve defects in blood vessels' structure.
  • Organic peripheral vascular diseases are caused by structural changes in the blood vessels, such as inflammation and tissue damage.

Techniques used to diagnose PAD include:

  • Medical history
  • Physical exam
  • Ultrasound
  • X-ray angiography
  • Magnetic resonance imaging angiography (MRA)

Treatment includes:

  • Lifestyle changes
  • Angioplasty-a medical procedure using a special balloon to open a blocked coronary artery
  • A stent-a cylindrical, wire mesh tube-is placed in the narrowed artery with a catheter
  • Drugs to help improve walking distance (cilostazol and pentoxifylline), antiplatelet agents, or cholesterol-lowering agents (statins)
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Location and Contact

Vascular Clinic, Colloton Pavilion
Elevator F, Level 1
(319) 356-7102

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