What Is Peripheral Arterial Disease?
Peripheral Arterial Disease, often called PAD, is the result of plaque accumulation in arteries carrying oxygenated, nutrient rich blood from your heart to your organs and limbs.
Plaque is an accumulation of fat, cholesterol, calcium, low-density lipoproteins (LDL… the “bad” cholesterol) and other substances in the blood. Over time, plaque accumulations, thicken, harden and narrow your arteries impeding the flow of oxygenated blood. This accumulation of arterial plaque is called Arteriosclerosis or Atherosclerosis.
Symptoms of PAD in Your Legs
If you have leg pain when you walk or climb stairs that continues over an extended period of time, it might be a symptom of PAD. Sometimes, as we age we think leg pain is a symptom of aging; this is not necessarily so. If you have been experiencing with leg pain, tell your doctor and discuss whether you should be tested for PAD.
Blocked blood flow to your legs can cause discomfort, pain and numbness. In severe cases it can raise your risk of infection in the affected limb. In sever cases, blocked blood flow can cause gangrene (tissue death) and lead to leg amputation if not treated promptly.
What You Need To Know About PAD
Although PAD is serious, it is manageable. University Surgical Vascular has the skill, training and leading edge technology to treat PAD. University Surgical Vascular has an expert team that specializes in this field. If you think you may have PAD, we will evaluate your condition and provide a detailed treatment plan if needed.
- Smoking is a major risk factor for PAD. If you smoke or have a history of smoking, your risk of PAD increases almost four times. Diabetes is another major risk factor for PAD.
- PAD increases your risk of coronary artery disease, heart attack and stroke.
Prompt and expert PAD treatment should slow or stop the disease progress and reduce the risk of complications. Your treatment plan will include lifestyle changes, medicines, and endovascular procedures or surgery. Researchers continue to explore new therapies for PAD and we continue to stay current with the latest techniques.
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