Legs for Life: Peripheral Vascular Disease

Hosted by Elias A. Iliadis, MD

Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) is a very common circulation condition affecting 12-20 percent of Americans age 65 years and older. If undiagnosed and untreated it can significantly affect your quality of life and long-term health.

PVD develops most commonly as a result of atherosclerosis or “hardening of the arteries,” which occurs over time when cholesterol and scar tissue build up forms plaque that narrows and clogs the arteries. This results in decreased blood flow that can often result in pain, cramping or tiredness in the legs while walking or climbing stairs.  Typically, this pain goes away with rest and returns when you walk again. Many people with PVD have no symptoms or mistake their symptoms for a normal part of aging. If you have PVD, you are at high risk for heart disease and stroke.

Clinical Cardiologist Elias A. Iliadis, MD, will answer your questions about diagnosis and treatment for PVD, and heart disease. Dr. Iliadis is Medical Director of Noninvasive Vascular Intervention, Cooper Heart Institute; Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Memorial Hospital of Salem County; and Assistant Professor of Medicine, UMDNJ-RWJMS at Camden. He is board certified in Internal Medicine in three and two cardiology specialties Cardiovascular Disease, and Interventional Cardiology and Internal Medicine. Dr. Iliadis graduated from UMDNJ - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and completed an internship and residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa. He completed his fellowship training in cardiology was a Fellow at the University of Michigan Medical Center.

Dr. Iliadis’ special interests include: coronary artery disease and intervention, heart attack care, peripheral vascular disease and intervention, nuclear cardiology and noninvasive vascular disease assessment. He sees patients in his office in Voorhees.