Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) is a circulatory disease in which arteries become blocked or narrowed. Plaque from cholesterol, fats, and other substances gradually build up in the arteries and restrict blood flow to the extremities, a process called atherosclerosis. If left untreated, PAD can result in severe pain, ulcers, infection, limb loss, and possible death.
PAD is common; it affects one in five Americans over 65 years old. Anyone with a history of vascular disease, heart attack, stroke, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure is at higher risk of PAD. Diabetics, smokers, and anyone over 50 are also at higher risk.
The symptoms of PAD are often overlooked as a common and inconvenient part of life. They may include any of the following: a lower temperature in one leg than the rest of the body, poor nail or hair growth in the legs, sores or wounds on the feet or leg that do not heal, and discoloration of the toes, feet, and legs. The most common symptom and warning sign is pain in the legs while walking.
If you have any risk factors, do not ignore leg pain or any other symptom of PAD. The earlier the doctors at Carolina Heart and Leg Center, P.A. detect PAD the more effective treatment is. The Doctors use an Ankle-brachial index, a test comparing the blood pressure in your limbs, to identify PAD. The accurate diagnoses and treatment of PAD at Carolina Heart and Leg Center, P.A. is important before PAD sufferers experience a limb loss.
Dr. Saini and his team of specialists can diagnose and treat all conditions of the heart and vascular system. Carolina Heart And Leg Center, P.A. offers the latest cardiology services which include cardiac diagnostic testing, cutting-edge technology for arrhythmia, and non-surgical approaches to vascular disease.
We are dedicated to serving our patients in a caring and supportive atmosphere with expert knowledge, patient education, and the highest standard of care. Contact us today at (910) 491- 1760 and put your heart health in good hands.
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