What is Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)?
PAD often occurs as a result of other diseases and conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol. There is also a strong correlation between PAD and the development of more serious heart diseases.
Diabetes can lead to neuropathy and below-the-knee amputations, and the path this takes is through peripheral artery disease. But people with diabetes or peripheral neuropathy rarely know about PAD and can often miss or confuse the related signs and symptoms – presenting as numbness in your lower extremities or chronic pain and burning discomfort in your legs and feet.
PAD can be treated and amputation can be prevented. The early diagnosis and treatment of PAD, through medication or minimally-invasive procedures, can significantly increase your quality of life.
If you or someone you know is experiencing these signs or symptoms, you should schedule a screening or examination immediately to make sure this condition is properly diagnosed and effectively treated.
Why you need to get screened.
PAD represents a significant health risk because it’s a silent disease that is often undetected and undiagnosed. Its symptoms are easily overlooked if attributed to arthritis and old age, or masked by nerve damage and 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 associated with 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, and there is more at stake than missing out on daily activities.
If left untreated, PAD can result in the development of foot ulcers – non-healing sores and areas of nerve damage that eventually become dead tissue due to restricted blood flow. This stage of PAD typically leads to the below-the-knee amputations.
Prevention is always the best medicine and it can save your feet. Getting screened at a any one of the Modern Vascular clinics is quick, painless, and free. Call today for peace of mind, and for your good 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.