8 - 12 million Americans suffer from peripheral artery disease.
That's more than all types of cancer combined. However, only around 40% exhibit symptoms and have been formally diagnosed with peripheral artery disease.
Studies show that, when treated early, up to 90% of peripheral artery disease related amputations can be avoided. Currently, as much as 25% of the diabetic population is at risk of losing some part of their leg or foot due to PAD.
Regular checkups with your doctor and awareness of the symptoms help spot the dangers of PAD early and prevent symptoms from progressing to the point of amputation.
Are you at risk for peripheral artery disease?
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) can be treated if diagnosed early and accordingly. There are warning signs and demographic factors that let you know if you may be at risk for PAD. Intermittent leg pain or cramps during routine movements, walking, or climbing up stairs could be common signs or symptoms of peripheral artery disease. Smoking, obesity and diabetes are all demographic factors that put you at greater risk of complications from PAD.
Vascular surgeons and interventional radiologists.
Peripheral artery disease can be treated by Vascular Surgeons, Interventional Cardiologists, and Interventional Radiologists. All of the Physicians at Modern Vascular are uniquely trained to revascularize the arteries below the knee, including the pedal loop which provides blood flow to the feet and toes.
Peripheral artery disease symptoms.
These symptoms are most common in those with peripheral artery disease:
- Leg weakness or numbness
- Foot sores that won't heal
- Claudication (leg pain)
- Discoloration of the skin in the foot
- Slower growth of hair or nails on feet and legs
- Reduced pulse in legs or feet
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.
Peripheral artery disease risk factors.
You should get screened if you exhibit any of the following factors:
- High Cholesterol
- Increase Age (Over 65)
- Foot or Leg Wounds or Ulcers
- One Foot Colder than the Other
- History of Heart Attack or Stent
Get PAD treated early and effectively.
Left untreated, PAD complications could include:
- Foot wounds that don't heal
Do you believe that you may be at risk for peripheral artery disease?
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