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Invasive Cardiology


Elliot Hospital
1 Elliot Way
Manchester, NH 03103

Phone: 603-663-2597

Invasive Cardiology (Theraputic Cardiology)

Peripheral Artery Disease

A common cause of chronic leg pain is poor circulation. The medical name for this condition is peripheral artery disease, or PAD. PAD can seriously impair a person’s ability to walk and function independently.

Patients with this may experience pain in their legs, hip or buttocks when walking a certain distance. Resting usually relieves the pain but it returns when walking that same distance again. These symptoms are known as intermittent claudication. A person experiencing these symptoms should call their doctor.

Common Risk Factors For PAD include:

  • Family history of heart or vascular disease
  • History of smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • Obesity

Your doctor can diagnose PAD using different tests including ultrasound, CT scanning or MRA. Additionally, the diagnosis can be made using a test called an arteriogram. An arteriogram is a special x-ray of the arteries. If treatment is needed, here at the Elliot Health System, we can provide a number of non- surgical options, such as angioplasty and vascular stent placement.

Stent implantation is an exciting option for patients with PAD; this is a major improvement in the way that vascular disease is being treated. With a stent, patients can get back on their feet right away, without leg pain and return to a more active and independent life almost immediately, with virtually no post-procedural recovery time.

Dr Carl Fier is offering his services for both cardiac and vascular intervention here at the Elliot Health System.