The Vascular Program at Inova Heart and Vascular Institute takes a pioneering approach to the treatment of peripheral arterial disease, uniting three kinds of specialists into one program (cardiologists, vascular and interventional radiologists and vascular surgeons) to bring patients a higher standard of care.

Our program is at the forefront of PAD innovations. Substantial investments have been made to create our sophisticated vascular laboratory, which offers advanced non-invasive tests for determining the location and severity of PAD such as ultrasound and CT angiograms.

PAD is a manageable disease in its beginning stages. Early diagnosis and intervention have great potential for improving overall outcome for patients. At Inova Heart and Vascular Institute many cutting-edge treatments for PAD are done as outpatient procedures. Most patients go home the day of the procedure and return to their normal activity within several days.

The goals for treating PAD include managing symptoms so physical activities can be resumed and stopping the progression of atherosclerosis throughout the body. Stopping the progression reduces the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Treatment options include:

  • Lifestyle changes such as increased exercise, a healthy diet and refraining from smoking
  • Treatment of existing conditions that may aggravate PAD, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol
  • Medications for improving blood flow, such as blood thinners and medications that relax the blood vessel walls
  • Endovascular procedures
  • Cardiac surgery

Inova's program improves on the traditional manner in which patients are treated. Instead of the patient needing to coordinate multiple specialist referrals and appointments with his or her primary care doctor, Inova has all the right experts in one program, resulting in a treatment program that is better coordinated and less stressful for the patient.