What is Peripheral Artery Disease or P.A.D.?

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In its simplest form P.A.D. means that blood is not flowing normally through your arteries.

P.A.D. can also be referred to as:

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  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Claudication
  • Hardening of arteries
  • Lack of circulation to your extremities

Peripheral Arterial Disease is a serious disease that is often underdiagnosed and undertreated. Many people believe that pain in the legs is just another sign of aging, not realizing that it may be a warning sign for P.A.D.

Left untreated and in its most severe form, P.A.D. can lead to limb loss so it is imperative to seek treatment by a physician who is trained to accurately diagnose and treat vascular diseases, such as P.A.D.

Symptoms:

  • Leg pain in calves or thighs, especially after certain activities such as walking or climbing stairs
  • Leg numbness or weakness
  • Coldness in your lower leg or foot
  • Pain in the feet when resting at night
  • Non-healing or poorly healing sores on toes, feet or legs
  • A change in the color of your legs
  • Shiny skin on your legs
  • Hair loss or slower hair growth on legs
  • Slower toenail growth
  • No pulse or weak pulse in your legs or feet

Are you concerned you may have P.A.D.? Do you have one or more of the symptoms listed above? If so, you should request an appointment.

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Risk factors for P.A.D.

  • Smoking Risk Factor Peripheral Arterial Disease | PVA San AntonioSmoke (current or former)
  • High Blood Pressure Risk Factor Peripheral Arterial Disease | PVA San AntonioHigh Blood Pressure
  • Family History Factor Peripheral Arterial Disease | PVA San AntonioPersonal/Family History of Heart Attack or Stroke
  • Diabetes Risk Factor Peripheral Arterial Disease | PVA San AntonioDiabetes
  • High Cholesterol Risk Factor Peripheral Arterial Disease | PVA San AntonioHigh Cholesterol

If you are older than 50 years old, are experiencing leg pain and have one or more of the risk factors above, you should consider requesting an appointment for a P.A.D. screening.

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