PERIPHERAL ARTERIAL DISEASE (PAD)
WHAT IS PERIPHERAL ARTERIAL DISEASE?

Peripheral arterial disease is a problem with the blood flow in your arteries which carry blood from the heart to your muscles and organs. Diseased arteries become narrowed or blocked due to a build up of fatty deposits (cholesterol).  This condition, called atherosclerosis, reduces blood flow to your heart and brain.
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PERIPHERAL ARTERIES
WHO IS AT RISK FOR PERIPHERAL ARTERIAL DISEASE?

Peripheral Arterial Disease Risk factors include:





SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF PERIPHERAL ARTERIAL DISEASE:
  • Leg numbness or weakness
  • Cold legs or feet
  • Sores on your toes, feet or legs that will not heal
  • A change of color in your legs
  • Hair loss on your feet and legs
  • Changes in your nails




CAN PERIPHERAL ARTERIAL DISEASE BE TREATED?

Yes.  PAD is often treated with diet, exercise, medicine, non operative interventions and surgery.  People with PAD should not smoke.  High cholesterol, high blood pressure and high blood sugar levels all must be lowered and kept under  control.



COMPLICATIONS:

Stroke and heart attack are among the most serious and common complications that accompany Peripheral Arterial Disease.

Atherosclerosis, which causes symptoms of PAD, can cause plaque build-up in your legs as well as in the arteries supplying your heart and brain.  As a result, you have a greater risk of coronary artery disease and stroke.