Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) affects approximately 8.5 million people in the United States according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Patients with PAD have a greater risk of coronary artery disease, heart attack or stroke than the rest of the population. PAD develops when the arteries become clogged with plaque and limit blood flow to the legs. You cannot prevent some of your risk factors, but you can manage many of them through a healthy lifestyle. It is important to be aware of the risk factors, warning signs, and symptoms for PAD.
Risk factors for PAD include:
- High blood pressure
- Abnormal blood cholesterol levels
- Older than 60
- You have a history of heart disease, a heart attack or a stroke
- Family history of heart disease, heart attack, or stroke
Warning signs & symptoms may include one or more of these problems:
- Numbness, tingling or coldness in the lower legs or feet
- Foot or toe wounds that won’t heal or heal very slowly
- Pain or cramps in the calf area while walking or exercising
- Leg pain that doesn’t go away when you stop exercising
Many people with PAD do not have any symptoms and can mistake it for something else, which allows for the disease to progress and it often goes undiagnosed. If you experience any of these symptoms or have any of these risk factors you should ask your healthcare provider about PAD.
Tri-City Cardiology San Tan Valley location:
36543 N. Gantzel Rd., Building 15, Suite 101, San Tan Valley, 85140