Join us during the month of September while we spread awareness about Peripheral Artery Disease during PAD Awareness Month. Learn more about PAD and find out how you can help spread the word. We offer resources like social media graphics, articles, events, and videos about peripheral artery disease. We encourage you to participate in PAD Awareness month by sharing these resources on social media.
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Articles and Resources
We have collected interesting and insightful articles and resources about peripheral artery disease. We have gathered the information from trusted sources and verified all of the information. Use these resources to educate yourself and others about peripheral artery disease and share them on social media during the month of September with the hashtag #padawarenessmonth.
- What is Peripheral Artery Disease?
- PAD Prevention and Treatment
- Peripheral Artery Disease Fact Sheet (PDF)
- Make Physical Activity a Way of Life (PDF)
- Walking May Reduce PAD Leg Pain
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Frequently asked questions about peripheral artery disease:
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What causes peripheral artery disease?
The most common cause of PAD is atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is a gradual process in which a fatty material builds up in the arteries limiting blood flow. Out-patient interventional radiology is an effective way of removing this material and restoring blood flow to the lower legs and feet.
What are the symptoms of peripheral artery disease?
Peripheral Artery Disease symptoms may include leg pain or cramps, numbness, tingling, non-healing foot wounds, or skin discoloration. Sometimes, there are no symptoms at all, but plaque in the arteries is still silently straining your cardiovascular system and increases your risk for stroke and amputation. PAD symptoms are easily overlooked if attributed to arthritis and old age or when masked by nerve damage and peripheral neuropathy. African Americans and Native Americans are at particularly high risk for Peripheral Artery Disease.
Learn more about the symptoms of PAD in our video gallery:
What are the risk factors for peripheral artery disease?
Common risk factors of peripheral artery disease include:
- Having any wounds or ulcers on the foot or leg
- Having a history of smoking
- Having a history of hypertension
- Feeling resting leg or foot pain
- One foot feeling colder than the other
- High cholesterol
- History of a heart attack or stent
- Being over the age of 65
Take our short and simple PAD Quiz to see if you may be at risk:
When should I see a doctor about peripheral artery disease?
If you have symptoms of PAD or fall into a higher risk group (please see question about risk factors below), you are strongly recommended to come in for an evaluation. PAD is a chronic disease that can sometimes have persistent symptoms such as leg pain or cramps. In its advanced form, patients with PAD may suffer from non-healing wounds, which can increase the risk of infection and amputation. After an amputation, there is a 5-year mortality rate of 50%. However, HALF of the amputations are preventable. Early detection of PAD is critical and can be lifesaving.
Watch this Video to learn why PAD requires immediate medical attention:
Take the PAD Quiz to find out if you’re at risk:
These are only a few of the common questions that we receive about PAD.
Visit the Frequently Asked Questions page for Peripheral Artery Disease to read the full list.