Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse has developed a multidisciplinary Vascular Medicine Clinic to provide a complete diagnostic and treatment program for individuals with peripheral artery disease (PAD). PAD is a common medical condition that affects over 12 million adults in the United States. PAD results from the build-up of plaque in the arteries supplying the legs, somewhat similar to the process involving blockage disease in the arteries that supply the heart.
Symptoms may include:
Leg pain, discomfort, muscle stiffness or mobility problems. These may be more recognizable in the buttock, thigh, or calf during walking, and may occur in one or both legs.
Leg hair loss.
Cool skin temperature or change in color.
Wounds on the feet or lower legs that do not heal.
The Vascular Medicine clinic incorporates a comprehensive approach in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of PAD. Patients receive education on their condition and learn about the importance of reducing risk factors such as smoking, diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. For some patients, instructions and participation in a customized walking program may help improve symptoms related to PAD and some of these services are available through our cardiac rehabilitation clinic.
Accurate and timely diagnostic testing and appropriate intervention are integral components of the program.
The Vascular Medicine Clinic is located on the second floor of the La Crosse campus clinic (Skemp Building), 700 West Ave. South.
The Vascular Medicine Clinic Clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.