Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)

Often Silent, Sometimes Deadly, Potentially Preventable

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PAD can cause widespread damage, limit activity, and sometimes lead to death

PAD is typically caused by atherosclerosis—the accumulation of cholesterol-filled plaque inside arteries—the same thing that causes most heart attacks and strokes. When plaque limits blood flow, it can cause a variety of problems. PAD can cause leg pain when walking or abdominal pain after eating. It can cause kidneys to fail. Severe PAD can lead to foot or leg amputation. And because of the atherosclerosis connection, many people with PAD die from a heart attack, sudden cardiac arrest, or stroke.

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What is Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) And How Can It Affect You?

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One in every 20 Americans over the age of 50 has PAD, a condition that raises the risk for heart attack and stroke. Peripheral arterial disease, or PAD, occurs when extra cholesterol and other fats circulating in the blood collect in the walls of the arteries that supply blood to your limbs. This buildup—called plaque—narrows your arteries, often reducing or blocking the flow of blood. PAD is most commonly seen in the legs.

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) often gets overlooked by healthcare professionals. Because the symptoms of PAD mimic other health issues, your primary care physician may be unaware of this underlying disorder. If you have a family history of vein disorders or suspect you may have peripheral artery disease, visit Vascular Health Center in Oviedo, Winter Haven, and Apopka, Florida. As a trusted peripheral artery disease practitioner, Obinna Nwobi, MD, is trained to diagnose and treat peripheral artery disease.

PAD often goes undiagnosed, so it is important to ask our doctors about your risks.

Plaque buildup in the legs does not always cause symptoms, so many people can have PAD and not know it. Nearly 75% of people with PAD do not experience symptoms…

Timely detection and treatment of PAD can improve the quality of your life; help you keep your independence and mobility; and reduce your risk of heart attack, stroke, leg amputation, and even death.

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During The Physical Exam, Our Specialists Will Check:

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  • A quick FREE 15-minute consultation at our office to help determine if your PAD problems are present.
  • Pulses in your legs and feet to determine if there is enough blood flowing to these areas.
  • The color, temperature, and appearance of your legs and feet.
  • Signs of poor wound healing on the legs and feet
  • A doctor or nurse practitioner will meet with you to discuss the PAD screening results answering any questions you may have.
  • After your meeting, we will have insurance specialists on hand that can answer questions about insurance coverage and any requirements that insurance may have you meet before treatment.
  • If you do not have insurance, the insurance specialist can also go over self-pay options with you.

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What Puts You At Risk For PAD?

  • Over the age of 50.
  • Smoke or used to smoke. Those who smoke or have a history of smoking have up to 4x greater risk of PAD.
  • Diabetes. 1 in 3 people over the age of 50 with diabetes is likely to have PAD.
  • High blood pressure. Raises the risk of developing plaque in the arteries.
  • High cholesterol. Excess cholesterol and fat in your blood contribute to the formation of plaque in the arteries, reducing /blocking blood flow to your heart, brain, or limbs.
  • History of vascular disease, heart attack, or stroke. If you have heart disease, you have a 1 in 3 chance of also having PAD.
  • African American or Hispanic. Some minority groups are more than twice as likely to have PAD.

What Are The Signs And Symptoms Of PAD?

  • Claudication, fatigue, heaviness, tiredness, cramping in the leg muscles (buttocks, thigh, or calf) that occurs during activity such as walking or climbing stairs.
  • Pain in the legs and/or feet that disturbs sleep.
  • Sores or wounds on toes, feet, or legs that heal slowly, poorly, or not at all.
  • Color changes in the skin of the feet, including paleness or blueness.
  • Lower temperature in one leg compared to the other leg.
  • Poor nail growth and decreased hair growth on toes and legs.

Most people with PAD do not experience symptoms. People with PAD are at higher risks for stroke and heart attack.

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About Dr. Obinna Nwobi MD, MPH, RPVI

  • Dr. Nwobi is a Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation, providing specialized training in reading and interpreting all types of vascular ultrasounds. He is also board certified in vascular surgery.
  • He earned a master’s degree in public health (MPH) from the prestigious Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
  • Throughout his career, Dr. Nwobi has helped patients through the Indian Health Services system and Veterans A airs Hospital, while continuing to work at several large private and public hospitals.
  • As a physician who’s passionate about serving the underserved, Dr. Nwobi dedicates as much time as possible to medical missions. He has helped countless patients in Nigeria and provided medical care for patients who cannot afford treatment

About Dr. Obinna Nwobi

Patients in Central Florida turn to trusted vascular surgeon Obinna Nwobi, MD, for all their vein and artery concerns. His practice, Vein Health Clinics, has two convenient locations in Oviedo and Winter Haven, Florida. While completing a double major in English and chemistry in his undergraduate studies at East Tennessee State University, the field of vascular surgery called to Dr. Nwobi.

He then earned a master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Maryland, focusing on health care management and international health. He went on to earn his medical degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. Dr. Nwobi completed his internship and residency in general surgery at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

After completing his fellowship in vascular surgery at the Vascular Group PLLC and Albany Medical Center in New York, Dr. Nwobi chose to practice medicine in an underserved area of Florida.

Throughout his career, Dr. Nwobi has helped patients through the Indian Health Services system and Veterans A airs Hospital, while continuing to work at several large private and public hospitals.

Dr. Nwobi is a Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation, which provides him with specialized training in reading and interpreting all types of vascular ultrasounds. He is also board certified in vascular surgery.

As a physician who’s passionate about serving the underserved, Dr. Nwobi dedicates as much time as possible to medical missions. He has helped countless patients in Nigeria and provided medical care for patients who cannot afford treatment. Because Dr. Nwobi is genuinely passionate about patient care and has extensive expertise in the most complex vascular conditions, he is trusted throughout Central Florida.

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What Patients Say About Dr. Obinna Nwobi

Click to hear Obie’s story when his legs were saved after he was told before that would never be able to be treated

Click to hear France’s story how she now can walk between 3 to 5 miles and feel completely fine without any pain as she had before

Click to hear Bob’s story about his PAD disease and how he can now enjoy the walks and biking without the pain

Click to hear Lyn’s story how she can see right away that her legs were less restless and less heavy than before after the treatment

“3 years ago, I got hit by a car and after that I came here and they gave me the examination and they told me what was wrong, and that all my veins was injured so I had two surgeries in each leg and about two weeks ago I have varicose veins removed.The staff here were like family when I came in, they are very friendly and they’ve just been so wonderful with me and I’m really thankful. I have my car accident 3 years ago and I had constant pain in my legs because of my veins were injured, my circulation was slow but I’m in no pain right now, I can’t believe the difference I’ve felt , it is the best I’ve felt in 3 years and it’s been absolutely wonderful”


Lyn Goddard

“And let me tell you, I walk now. I walk between 3 to 5 miles a day and I have absolutely no pain in my leg. I feel wonderful and I highly recommend the vein center. When I used to walk, when my walk was completed after maybe 3 to 5 miles I could hardly walk back to my house. Maybe I could walk back to the house but both legs hurt, up and down, I felt like I was walking on spikes, now after the vein surgery I feel fine. I do my walk. I walk to my house, go out, maybe walk again. It's just like wonderful, what a complete difference.”


France Carringham

“I researched a little bit I found Dr. Nwobi. So, I came to his office and the office’s staff is awesome. They schedule me like 1, 2, 3 right away. The office is super clean and super state of the art. The staff did some treatment, very well professional, made me feel like super easy. After the treatment, I could see right away that my legs were less restless and they were less heavy. And I know that, I feel it every day and it gets better and or I’m already feeling way better. So, can't wait to wear shorts again!”


Lyn Langur

Peripheral Artery Disease Q & A

Why do I have peripheral artery disease?

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) causes narrowing of the peripheral arteries in your legs, arms, stomach, and head. Usually, though, PAD affects the arteries in your legs.

The most common cause of PAD is atherosclerosis, which causes narrowing and thickening of your arteries if you have high blood pressure or high cholesterol (or both). Your risk of developing peripheral artery disease naturally rises as you age.

While you can’t do anything about your age, you can make a few lifestyle changes to reduce your risk of developing peripheral artery disease, including:

  • Quitting smoking
  • Managing diabetes
  • Lowering your blood pressure
  • Reducing your cholesterol
  • Losing weight

What are the symptoms of peripheral artery disease?

Peripheral artery disease typically causes cramping and pain in your legs and hips, especially while walking or climbing stairs. Some patients also complain of muscle weakness or fatigue in their lower extremities. Usually, any discomfort disappears when you rest, only to resurface when you start walking again.

While some patients experience lower extremity discomfort, others never have any pain. Many men and women live with undiagnosed PAD for years because they don’t have symptoms. Without an early intervention treatment, peripheral artery disease can become a more serious health concern, even increasing your risk of blood clots.

How is peripheral artery disease treated?

As an expert vascular surgeon who practices modern peripheral artery disease treatments, Dr. Nwobi typically treats PAD with a minimally invasive in-office procedure, such as atherectomy, angioplasty, and stenting. With little to no downtime, these treatments help resolve PAD without requiring you to go through an invasive surgery.

Dr. Nwobi sometimes suggests supervised exercise programs, such as physical therapy, to further reduce issues associated with peripheral artery disease.

Whether you already received a peripheral artery disease diagnosis or you want to get a thorough evaluation, schedule an appointment at Vein Health Clinics. You can use the convenient online booking feature or give the office a call.

I currently have no symptoms of PAD, but I have several of the risk factors listed. Should I still be screened?

Many people with progressing PAD have no symptoms at all, so it is important to talk to your doctor about your risk factors. A PAD diagnosis can be done by asking a few simple questions, performing a simple exam and if required, doing a quick and easy test.

I have a history of Coronary Artery Disease. Will my doctor test me for PAD?

Although your doctor is continually monitoring your health, you may need to request that your doctor do an Ankle Brachial Index (ABI) Screening test. ABI screening is a simple blood pressure calculation. It is painless and takes no more than 15 minutes and can identify the presence of asymptomatic PAD.

After my ABI, my doctor told me that I needed a diagnostic ultrasound to determine the severity of my PAD. Should I wait until I have leg pain?

Your doctor is in the best position to advise you of your diagnosis and treatment options. Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent complications associated with the progression of PAD. A common risk associated with untreated PAD is Critical Limb Ischemia (CLI). Patients who wait until their PAD progresses are at risk of developing CLI, which can lead to severe pain and even amputation.

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