|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.
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
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.