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Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)


What is Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)?


Peripheral arterial disease is caused by blockages (atherosclerosis) in the peripheral arteries. It usually affects the legs. It may cause pain with walking. In advanced cases, it can lead to gangrene or limb loss. About 8 to 12 million Americans are affected by peripheral arterial disease. However, the majority of people with PAD are asymptomatic.

It is important to realize that PAD is a systemic process. The majority of people with PAD may also have heart disease (No. 1 cause of death) and/or cerebrovascular disease that may lead to death or stroke (No. 3 cause of death).

Peripheral Arterial Disease


What are the risk factors?

  • Hypertension
  • High Cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking

What are the 3 S’s?

Show Your Feet to your doctor if you have any of the PAD risk factors.
Save A Limb with early diagnosis and treatment.
Save A Life because the blockages that affect the arteries in your legs also affects the arteries to your brain and heart.

Remember the 3 S’s

Show Your Feet 
Save A Limb 
Save A Life

How is Peripheral Arterial Disease detected?

The good news is that PAD can often be detected by a pulse exam. During the exam, a doctor will palpate your pulse to determine its strength.
If you have risk factors for atherosclerosis (hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes or smoker), please show your feet when being examined. If you do not have easily
palpable pulses, your provider may order other noninvasive tests (ABI). These tests are simple to perform and painless.

Peripheral Arterial Disease

Jeffrey D. DeCaprio, MD

Todd A. Cumbie, MD

Vascular Surgery Nurse Practitioners


Dr. DeCaprio is certified by the American Board of Surgery in General Surgery and Vascular Surgery. He is also a Fellow with the American College of Surgeons. He is a graduate of Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts, and New York University School of Medicine.


Dr. Cumbie is certified by the American Board of Surgery in General Surgery and Vascular Surgery. He is also certified for vascular ultrasound interpretation by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography. He is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.


Miranda L. Baugh, APRN, NP-C
Cheryl A. DeCaprio, APRN, FNP
Brandi M. Martin, APRN, FNP


5002 Cowhorn Creek Road
Texarkana, TX 75503-9766

To make an appointment, call:
(903) 614-3007


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