Peripheral Artery Disease

Explore How We Can Assist in Alleviating Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD).

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) arises from atherosclerosis, a condition characterized by plaque buildup in arteries, leading to stiffness and narrowing. This constriction disrupts circulation, predominantly affecting the legs, and poses risks of coronary artery disease, stroke, heart attack, and gangrene in severe cases.

Understanding the Causes and Risks
Plaque accumulation, comprising cholesterol, fat, calcium, and fibrous tissue, obstructs arteries over time, causing PAD. Risk factors include smoking, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, age, and familial predisposition.

Identifying PAD Symptoms
Numbness and pain in affected areas, particularly the legs, manifest as common PAD symptoms. Pain during walking, calf discomfort, and coldness in the affected region are prevalent. Additional symptoms may include slow-healing wounds, hair loss, shiny skin, and erectile dysfunction in men.

Treatment Options
PAD management targets atherosclerosis and symptom alleviation through lifestyle modifications, medications, and, if necessary, surgery. Lifestyle changes like smoking cessation and weight management are pivotal. Medications such as statins, blood pressure regulators, and blood thinners aid in cholesterol control, blood pressure management, and clot prevention.

Medications for symptom relief improve blood flow by dilating vessels and thinning blood, although side effects like headaches and diarrhea may occur. Surgical interventions involve angioplasty with stent placement or graft bypass to restore arterial flow.

Seeking Relief Today
Don't overlook foot or leg pain as an inevitable consequence of aging. If you experience symptoms of PAD, including unexplained sores or delayed wound healing, consult with your doctor promptly to explore personalized treatment strategies.

Discover how we can help you find relief from PAD. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and embark on a path towards improved vascular health and well-being.