What is Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)?
PAD often occurs as a result of other diseases and conditions such as Type 2 Diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol.
People with diabetes can often confuse the signs and symptoms of PAD with neuropathy—chronic pain, burning or discomfort in their legs and feet—and should schedule a screening or examination to make sure their condition is properly diagnosed.
The early diagnosis and treatment of PAD, through medication or minimally-invasive procedures, can significantly increase your quality of life and reduce the chances of limb amputation or death.
Why you need to get screened.
Peripheral artery disease represents a significant health risk because it often flies under the radar and goes undiagnosed. Its symptoms are easily overlooked if attributed to arthritis and old age, or masked by nerve damage and a condition known as peripheral neuropathy.
By the numbers, PAD affects 1-in-20 adults over the age of 50, and more than 20% of people over 65. The risk factors that cause PAD also increase significantly if you are diabetic or if you were ever a smoker.
Are you experiencing leg fatigue during normal walking activity, numbness or tingling in your legs while sitting, or leg cramps in the middle of the night? These are some of the non-visible warning signs of PAD, but there is more at stake than missing out on daily activities due to severe leg pain.
If left untreated, PAD can result in the development of non-healing sores, areas of nerve damage and eventually dead tissue due to restricted blood flow. This stage of PAD typically leads to the below the knee amputation of your leg and foot, and amputations attributed to diabetes are really the result of PAD.
Prevention is almost always the best medicine. Being aware of the signs, symptoms and health risks associated with peripheral artery disease is the best first step, and our best recommendation is to come in for a free screening –– for peace of mind, and for your health.
Why Modern Vascular?
Our consultative care and concierge service approach is designed to accommodate you, and present the treatment options uniquely available to you—based on your individual needs. These treatment options can be administered or prescribed (based on the severity of your PAD) on site, and allowing you to recover at home.
There are a variety of treatment options for PAD, depending on your age, overall health and the extent of your arterial blockage. Lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, daily exercise and proper nutrition can reduce risks and the advancement of PAD, but the first step is to schedule a consultative screening with a board certified physician at Modern Vascular to determine the severity of your condition.
Our patient promise is to deliver the highest level of care, and provide the most innovative and modern vascular procedures. One simple screening could save your limbs, and save your life.