September is Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Awareness Month! Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) is a chronic and common circulatory condition that causes your arteries to become more narrow. This narrowing causes the blood flow to your legs to be reduced and when this happens your extremities (legs) don’t get the blood flow required to function properly.
One in every 20 Americans over the age of 50 has PAD. PAD affects approximately 18 million US citizens, and 160,000 to 180,000 of those patients are estimated to undergo limb amputation this year, according to the CardioVascular Coalition.
Here’s the good news, in some cases Peripheral Artery Disease can be prevented or at the very least the progression can be slowed down.
Peripheral Artery Disease: Risk Factors
Most of the risk factors associated with PAD are related to health conditions that can be avoided.
The Risk Factors:
- Age: PAD usually strikes patients over the age of 50.
- Tobacco: Chewing tobacco and smoking cigarettes are the biggest contributors to PAD.
- Diabetes: Diabetes affects circulation and plaque buildup in the arteries.
- High blood pressure and cholesterol: These two conditions greatly increase your risk.
- Lack of exercise: Living a sedentary lifestyle and not exercising regularly increases your chances of having PAD.
The most notable symptom of PAD is leg pain when walking, especially up the stairs or when walking short distances, such as to your mailbox and back. Other symptoms include cold feet, skin color and skin texture changes on the legs, hair loss on the legs, and brittle toe nails.
Contact Us for Peripheral Artery Disease Treatment Options
If you know you have Peripheral Artery Disease or you identify with any symptom(s) don’t delay, contact Alabama Vascular & Lymphatic Specialists today. Your life may depend on it.
We provide the most comprehensive, progressive, and personal care available for Peripheral Artery Disease in the Birmingham, Alabama area.
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