Dr. Gabriel Bietz on Great Day SA
Dr. Bietz, a vascular surgeon at Peripheral Vascular Associates (PVA), explains what PAD is on Kens 5 Great Day San Antonio and shows the tools that vascular surgeons are using to open blood vessels.
PVA would like to invite you to schedule your FREE leg screening throughout the month of September. Call to schedule your FREE screening at 210.237.4247.
What is Peripheral Arterial Disease?
Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) is a serious disease that is under diagnosed and under treated. Many people believe that pain in the legs or lower extremities is just another sign of aging, not realizing that it may be a warning sign for PAD. Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) happens when arteries in the legs become restricted or clogged with fatty deposits. This reduces blood flow to the legs resulting in leg muscle pain when walking, disability, amputation, and a poor quality of life. Blocked arteries found in people with PAD can be a red flag that other arteries may also be blocked – increasing the risk of a heart attack or stroke.
Who should get a P.A.D screening?
If you are older than 50 years old, experiencing leg pain and have more than one of the following mentioned risk factors, talk to your doctor about PAD:
- Smoke (current or former)
- High Blood Pressure
- Personal/Family History of Heart Attack or Stroke
- High Cholesterol
For more information about PAD or PAD Awareness Month, please visit our Facebook page. Throughout September PVA will be doing Free Leg Screenings to help prevent PAD, often known as a “silent killer”.
Peripheral Vascular Associates is proud to serve the San Antonio community and the surrounding areas in vascular disease education, prevention, and treatment for over 42 years. To learn more about PVA or to schedule an appointment, visit our Request Appointment page or call (210) 237-4247.Source: Kens 5 Great Day SA