September calls more attention to cardiovascular health because it is Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Awareness Month!
What is PAD?
Peripheral Artery Disease is the narrowing of the peripheral arteries to the extremities, commonly the legs. Atherosclerosis, blockages in the arteries from plaque caused by fats and cholesterol, is the primary cause of PAD. The blockages allow less blood to pass through and insufficient levels of oxygen reach the extremities.
Common symptoms of PAD include cramping, pain, or tiredness in the legs when walking or climbing stairs. When exercise stops and the demand for blood to the muscles decreases, discomfort in the legs often ceases. Decreased circulation caused by PAD causes the legs to have a lower temperature. PAD may cause ulcers and wounds on the feet or legs heal slowly.
Those at Higher Risk
The risk of PAD increases with age. High blood pressure and high cholesterol add to cumulative arterial blockage and put those individuals at higher risk of PAD. Smokers and diabetics or those with a family history of PAD are also at higher risk.
This September do not ignore the symptoms of PAD. It is essential to see the doctors at Carolina Heart and Leg Center, P.A. for correct diagnosis and treatment. Early treatment of PAD is important. Make an appointment with Carolina Heart and Leg Center, P.A. this September.
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