What is Peripheral Artery Disease?
Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) is the narrowing of peripheral arteries due to atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is when plaque builds up on arterial walls. This decreases blood flow to legs, feet, and toes. Left untreated, PAD complications include critical limb ischemia, gangrene, and amputation.
Do I Have Peripheral Artery Disease?
Diabetes could potentially lead to neuropathy, which could potentially lead to below the knee amputation. Many people with peripheral neuropathy or diabetes don’t know about PAD. This means that they can often miss or confuse the signs, such as:
- Numbness in the legs
- Painful cramping in the leg after walking on an incline or climbing stairs
- Weakness in legs
- Discoloration of the legs
- Sores on legs and feet that don’t heal
Left untreated, PAD could result in:
- The development of foot ulcers
- Non-healing sores
- Areas of nerve damage that eventually become dead tissue due to restricted blood flow
This stage of PAD could lead to a below-the-knee amputation.
When Should I Get an Evaluation for Peripheral Artery Disease?
If you have any of these signs of PAD, or know someone that is, please schedule a consultation with Modern Vascular. If you do not have these symptoms but are:
- Over 65
- Over 50 with a history of diabetes or smoking
- Under 50 with diabetes and other risk factors, such as:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
You should consider getting a comprehensive evaluation for peripheral artery disease regularly. Prevention is always the best medicine and it can save your toes, feet, legs, and life. Please don’t ignore PAD – get a comprehensive evaluation regularly.
We are Peripheral Artery Disease Specialists
Modern Vascular facilities are a group of affiliated outpatient clinics that specializes in minimally invasive endovascular procedures to treat Peripheral Artery Disease. Our mission is to advance regular comprehensive evaluation, early diagnosis, and successful treatment of PAD.
Our leading physicians, techniques, equipment, facilities, staff, and focused specialization make us the best and most experienced option to treat you if you are experiencing the symptoms of PAD – Peripheral Artery Disease now or are high risk to experience them in the future.