Peripheral Artery Disease: What You Need to Know

Learn How to Recognize and Prevent PAD

Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) is a life threatening illness that slows down or inhibits blood flow throughout the body, depriving limbs and vital organs the proper amount of oxygen. PAD is developed when fatty deposits and plaque build up in the arteries surrounding the heart. Peripheral Artery Disease currently affects about 8 million Americans.

Because Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) cuts off blood flow to the limbs, the foot (the farthest place from the heart) is the most vulnerable places in the body that can be affected. Symptom levels range vastly from mild foot pain all the way to gangrene, which often results in amputation.

In addition to regularly visiting your local podiatrist, there are many preventative steps that you can take to save yourself from the common but serious Peripheral Artery Disease.

PAD Risks
Certain people are more at risk of developing Peripheral Artery Disease than others. You are at risk of PAD if you:

  • Smoke cigarettes
  • Have diabetes
  • Have a diet high in fat and cholesterol
  • Have a high blood pressure

How to Prevent PAD

  • Stop Smoking
  • Lower your cholesterol intake
  • exercise regularly- even if it’s as simple as walking
  • faithfully take prescriptions, especially if it is for cholesterol or blood pressure -minimally invasive blood clot removal treatment surgery

Symptoms of PAD

  • Foot pain or stiffness in the foot- (this is especially important to take note of because often times elderly people disregard this symptom of PAD because they believe it is a regular sign of aging)
  • Decreased temperature levels in your leg or foot
  • Difficulty walking
  • Sores or ulcers
  • Changes in skin color or texture
  • Gangrene

Although Peripheral Artery Disease is a serious matter, it is preventable and treatable. Don’t wait to take care of PAD before it’s too late. Untreated PAD can lead to blood clots, stroke, and eventually death. Keep yourself healthy and happy by being alert and aware of your body.

If you have Peripheral Artery Disease or would just like to learn more about it, contact Manhattan Footcare!

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