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Peripheral Artery Disease Symptoms

Everything About PAD Symptoms

Peripheral Artery Disease Symptoms

PAD commonly presents with symptoms such as leg pain or cramping during physical activity (claudication), numbness or weakness in the legs, coldness or discoloration of the feet or legs, and visible wounds along the feet or legs.

Yes, PAD primarily affects the arteries in the legs, but it can also affect arteries in other parts of the body, including the arms, neck, and even the kidneys. The symptoms of these areas may include arm pain, neck pain, or high blood pressure.

PAD-related leg pain typically occurs during physical activity and is often described as a cramping or aching sensation. It tends to improve with rest. In contrast, muscle pain or joint pain may occur at rest or with specific movements and is not usually triggered by walking or exercise.

Yes, advanced PAD may lead to more severe symptoms, such as constant pain or numbness in the legs and feet, a noticeable decrease in leg temperature, and the development of non-healing sores or ulcers. These signs should be taken seriously and require immediate medical attention.

If you suspect you have PAD symptoms, it’s important to consult a healthcare professional, typically a vascular specialist or cardiologist. They can perform diagnostic tests such as ankle-brachial index (ABI) measurement, Doppler ultrasound, or angiography to confirm the diagnosis.

Treatments For Peripheral Artery Disease Symptoms

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Lifestyle Modifications

Engage in regular exercise, like supervised walking programs, to stimulate blood flow and promote the development of collateral vessels. Adopt a heart-healthy diet low in saturated fats and quit smoking to reduce plaque buildup and improve overall cardiovascular health.

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Medication Therapy

Prescribed medications, such as antiplatelet agents (aspirin or clopidogrel) and statins, help lower cholesterol levels and prevent blood clots. Vasodilators like cilostazol can alleviate claudication symptoms by widening blood vessels. At Advanced Medical Group, we will assess your specific condition and suggest the best course of action.

Peripheral Artery Disease Symptoms

Angioplasty and Stenting

In this minimally invasive procedure, a catheter with a deflated balloon is inserted into the narrowed artery. Once positioned, the balloon is inflated to widen the artery, and a stent is often placed to keep it open. This restores blood flow and relieves symptoms. Our experts at Advanced Medical Group will assist you on the complete road to recovery.

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Atherectomy

Atherectomy involves the use of specialized catheters equipped with cutting devices or lasers to remove plaque from the artery walls. This procedure can be particularly effective in cases of heavily calcified or complex blockages. These treatments aim to alleviate symptoms, improve blood flow, and reduce the risk of complications associated with PAD.

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Surgical Bypass

For severe cases of PAD, bypass surgery may be necessary. A surgeon creates a detour around the blocked artery by using a graft to redirect blood flow. This procedure can effectively restore blood circulation to the affected limb.

Peripheral Artery Disease Treatments - Angioplasty and Stenting

Patient Education and Support

At Advanced Medical Group, we believe in empowering our patients with knowledge and providing a supportive environment throughout their PAD treatment journey. We understand that living with PAD can be challenging, and we're here to answer your questions, address concerns, and guide you every step of the way.

Preventing PAD symptoms FAQs

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Preventing PAD involves adopting a healthy lifestyle: quitting smoking, maintaining a balanced diet low in saturated fats, exercising regularly, and managing conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure. Regular check-ups with your doctor are essential for early detection and management.

There is a genetic component to PAD, meaning if you have a family history of the condition, you may be at a higher risk. However, lifestyle factors also play a significant role, so adopting a healthy lifestyle can mitigate genetic risk factors.

Yes, PAD can be asymptomatic in its early stages. Some individuals may not experience noticeable symptoms until the disease has advanced. Regular check-ups and risk factor assessments are crucial for early detection.


Medications like antiplatelet drugs (e.g., aspirin) and statins are often prescribed to manage risk factors like blood clots and high cholesterol, which can contribute to PAD. These medications can help prevent progression and complications.

PAD is a chronic condition, but it can be effectively managed. With appropriate lifestyle changes, medication, and sometimes medical procedures, many individuals can significantly reduce symptoms and improve their quality of life.

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Other Specialist of Advanced Medical Group

Christopher Samaniego, DPM

Podiatrist

Merwin Richard, MD

CardioVascular / EndoVascular Specialist

Enrique Chappilliquen, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Radhika Patel, PA-C

Physician Assistant

ISAAC PARK, DC

Chiropractor

Aishwarya Parab, PT

Physical Therapist

Reema Parikh, DPT

Physical Therapist

Michael Salvador

Physical Therapist Assistant

Maria Avila, APN,AGNP-C

Nurse Practitioner

Here are a Few Patient Testimonials You Should Read!

With a strong focus on patient-centered care, our experts utilize the latest advancements in vascular medicine, including minimally invasive procedures and state-of-the-art technology, to deliver the best outcomes for individuals facing PAD. Take a look at how our patients feel with us!

Isabelle Hughes
10 months ago
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I had been suffering from leg pain and cramping for years due to PAD. Advanced Medical Group not only diagnosed my condition accurately but also provided me with a personalized treatment plan. Thanks to their expertise, I can now walk without pain, and my quality of life has improved significantly. I highly recommend their compassionate and skilled team.
Ava Davis
10 months ago
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The doctors took the time to thoroughly explain my condition and the treatment options available. The professionalism, expertise, and compassion demonstrated by the entire team of Advanced Medical Group are truly commendable. My symptoms have significantly improved, and I finally feel like myself again.
Daniel Russo
10 months ago
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After researching various treatment options, I decided to trust Advanced Medical Group with my care. The staff was incredibly warm and understanding, addressing all my concerns and ensuring I felt comfortable throughout the process. I am grateful for the exceptional care and support provided by this dedicated team.

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Dr Christopher Samaniego, DPM

Christopher Samaniego, DPM

Podiatrist located in Jersey City, NJ, Union City, NJ, and West New York, NJ

Christopher Samaniego, DPM, is originally from Freehold, New Jersey. He attended college at Messiah College, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Biology. He earned his podiatric medical degree from Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia, PA and completed his surgical residency training at Detroit Medical Center in Detroit, MI. 

Dr. Samaniego provides comprehensive foot and ankle care at Advanced Medical Group in Jersey City, Union City, and West New York. His specialized surgical training includes

  • Bunion
  • Hammertoe correction
  • Diabetic foot care
  • Fungal nail care
  • Plantar fasciitis, tendinitis, orthotics
  • Gout, warts, neuroma care
  • Flat feet and high arched feet
  • Foot and ankle trauma
  • Adult and paediatric foot conditions
  • Arthritis of the foot and ankle
  • Arthroscopy, joint replacement, minimally invasive techniques

Samaniego is a member of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and the American Podiatric Medical Association. He keeps up to date on the latest surgical techniques and available technology in foot and ankle care.

Prior to joining Advanced Medical Group, Samaniego studied public healthcare in Zambia and assisted in providing care to the local community. He has also presented research at the annual meeting of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Samaniego achieved the highest rank of Eagle Scout through the Boy Scouts of America and volunteered with Troop 454 for scouts with special needs and the Freehold Public Library. In his free time, Samaniego volunteers with his local church community service and youth programs.

Samaniego resides in Jersey City, NJ and maintains his health by cycling and interval training several times a week. He explains, “Healthy doctors inspire healthy patients. I follow the same advice I give my patients, and I read constantly to become a better physician every day. I encourage my patients to ask questions and learn about the cause of their symptoms. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Dr. Merwin Richard, MD. A cardiologist

Merwin Richard, MD

Cardiologist located in Jersey City, NJ & Union City, NJ

As an established board-certified internist and cardiologist, Merwin Richard, MD, has a reputation for helping patients with the most complex of health conditions. He cares for patients at Advanced Medical Group in West New York, Jersey City, and Union City, New Jersey.

Richard began his undergraduate education in medicine at Stanley Medical College in India. He earned his doctor of medicine degree from Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University before relocating to New York City.

After completing both his internship and internal medicine residency through the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dr. Richard went through advanced fellowship training. He completed a cardiovascular fellowship at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, then went on to finish a second fellowship in interventional cardiology through Mount Sinai School of Medicine (now Icahn).

 

Throughout his career, Richard has stayed involved in numerous research projects and previously served as a professor at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (now Rutgers University). Richard went on to become the director of the first cardiac catheterization and interventional laboratory in Jersey City and has extensive training in vein treatments.

To ensure he continues staying up to date with the latest research and techniques, Richard maintains his board memberships. He’s board certified through the American Board of Internal Medicine in cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology.

Being fluent in English,  Spanish, and Tamil gives Richard the opportunity to communicate with patients from diverse cultural backgrounds. Richard is currently accepting new patients.

Enrique D Chappilliquen Lucio, PA-C

Enrique Chappilliquen, PA-C

Physician Assistant located in Union City, NJ & Jersey City, NJ

About Dr. Chappilliquen
Graduated from Mercy College Physician Assistant Program with a Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies, Enrique has extensive experience in the medical field for more than 6 years.

He has clinical experience and training in internal medicine, cardiology, general and vascular surgery, hematology, oncology, and emergency medicine. He joined Dr. Richard’s practice in October of 2016. Since then, he has been a dedicated medical provider working in the Union City office and the Hematology/Oncology office in Jersey City as well.

As a Hispanic, he proudly serves his community with passion and devotion. Being able to communicate fluently with his patients allows him the opportunity to provide excellent medical care to the Hispanic community in Union City and Jersey City. Also, sharing the same language, culture, and values as his patients allows him to connect at a personal level with his patients. Enrique continues to develop his knowledge and skills constantly to continue satisfying the needs of his patients.

Radhika Patel PA-C

Radhika Patel, PA-C

Physician Assistant located in Jersey City, NJ

About Patel
Graduating summa cum laude from Rutgers University with a BA in Biological Sciences and minor in Spanish, Radhika Patel obtained experiences in outpatient medicine as well as in emergency medical services prior to pursuing a career as a physician assistant. She graduated from the Rutgers University Physician Assistant program with a Master of Science after training in cardiology, internal medicine, and urgent care, among many other fields at various hospitals and private practices throughout the state of New Jersey. She is a proud member of the team at Advanced Garden State Cardiology and looks forward to meeting with patients each day in our Jersey City office.

Aishwarya Parab, PT

Physical Therapist

Aishwarya Parab received her Bachelors in Physiotherapy in India in 2015 and furthered her studies at Long Island University where she graduated with her Masters in Exercise Science, Sports, and Nutrition in 2019. She has experience working with various conditions, including herniated disks, spondylolysis, and post-operative mobility issues. Aishwarya has taken courses to expand her knowledge in the physical therapy world, including spinal mobility courses, neuromuscular reeducation courses, and getting a certificate with Revolution in Motion. Aishwarya finds it exceedingly rewarding to build a long-term relationship with her patients and shows commitment towards providing structured and effective healthcare.

Reema Parikh, DPT

Physical Therapist

Reema Parikh received two bachelor’s degrees from Long Island University and Touro College, and graduated as a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Touro College in 2013. In her early years as a DPT, she received an award for excellence in research and taught a course for the national physical therapy licensing board exam. Dr. Parikh has a passion for helping patients on their health journey; she is experienced in all ages and care of patients, ranging from pediatric care to geriatric care. She has hosted live and virtual workouts for varying levels of physical activity, incorporating mobility and strength segments. Dr. Parikh has furthered her education by receiving certifications in many aspects of physical therapy and holistic care including Nutritional PT, Restorative Yoga, Pilates, and Reiki.

Michael Salvador

Physical Therapist Assistant

Michael Salvador has been a Physical Therapist Assistant for over 20 years. He has a vast amount of experience, working in a variety of settings including outpatient orthopedics, inpatient skilled nursing facilities, and pain management. 

Mike has worked with patients suffering from chronic pain, joint replacements, acute knee injuries, and everything in between. He’s seen ages 25-95 and helped heal using a variety of techniques he’s learned from his many continuing education courses, including spinal function and Total Motion Release. Mike is an avid bowler, recently switching to playing as a lefty! He also plays tennis and volleyball and is active in many leagues throughout NJ/NYC.

Ms. Maria Avila

Maria Avila, NP

Nurse Practitioner

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Fatima Shaik MD

Cardiologist

Fatima Shaik is a board certified internist and cardiologist. She specializes in general cardiology and heart rhythm disorders. She cares for patients at Advanced Medical Group in Jersey City and North Bergen. She also performs procedures at Jersey City Medical Center.

She completed her undergraduate education at NYU and received her MD degree for SUNY Downstate Medical Center. She completed her residency training at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center and her cardiology fellowship at New York Presbyterian Queens. She went on for advanced training in electrophysiology at Cooper Hospital in Camden, NJ.
She is trained in device implantation, SVT and atrial fibrillation ablations as well as watchman implantations.
She is fluent in English and Hindi.
She is currently accepting new patients.

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Jersey City

Union City

West New York

North Bergen

Jersey City

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Dr. Prajakta Avhad

Prajakta Avhad, MD

Pain Management located in Franklin Township, Somerset, NJ & East Brunswick, NJ

About Dr. Avhad
Dr. Prajakta Avhad is double board-certified in Pain Management and Anesthesiology. Dr. Avhad received her M.B.B.S. from MIMER, India, and completed her Surgical internship and Anesthesia residency at Brookdale University Hospital in Brooklyn, New York during which she interned at Memorial Sloan Kettering, St. Luke’s Roosevelt, and Staten Island Hospital.

She then completed her Pain Management Fellowship from Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

Dr. Avhad is a diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology and a member of the American Academy of Pain Medicine.

Dr. Avhad has been in practice in Central and South Jersey for more than 12years. She is a caring physician with expertise and experience in treating a spectrum of Pain conditions like chronic back and neck pain, herniated discs/sciatica with minimally invasive interventional procedures.

Dr. Avhad and her family reside in New Jersey. She is an avid gardener active with her kids, dog, and garden if not tending to her broad and exotic orchid collection.