Peripheral artery disease (PAD), is a condition approximately 12 million Americans suffer from, yet general awareness of the disease is only at 25%. People over the age of 50 with a history of smoking, high cholesterol, diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease are at the greatest risk. A staggering 50% of PAD patients have unrecognized symptoms that may progress directly to severe disease.
PAD most commonly manifests itself with leg cramping or claudication pain while the patient is mobile, followed by continued pain at rest. Other signs and symptoms include muscle atrophy, hair loss, smooth/shiny skin, skin color changes, cold skin/toes, absent or diminished pulses in the feet, and non-healing ulcers or sores on the feet and legs.
Most people attribute tiredness and leg pain while walking or climbing stairs to the broad decline that occurs in normal aging. However, it is imperative that these general complaints aren’t ignored. Special urgency should be paid to those who have leg pain in conjunction with the aforementioned co-morbidities.
The Risk of Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Being Undetected
If PAD is untreated the risk of limb amputation is significant. Of the estimated 185,000 amputation cases performed each year, approximately 54% are due to advanced vascular disease. Of these cases nearly 50% will die within 5 years, thus creating a mortality rate that is greater than that of breast cancer, colon cancer, and prostate cancer.
Fortunately, early detection, treatment, and risk factor modification can significantly improve quality of life and overall patient outcomes. We strongly encourage health care providers to look for signs and symptoms of PAD in their high-risk patients and refer them for vascular testing.
We accept referrals from a variety of health care specialists with the intent of assessing and addressing the source of each patient’s vascular condition. Once the most appropriate method of treatment has been determined, we work closely with the referring provider to coordinate our interventional services with the continuing care and management of that provider.
Seek Treatment for Peripheral Artery Disease
Alabama Vascular & Lymphatic Specialists is leading the way in the diagnosis and treatment of PAD using the most up to date technology and minimally invasive procedures to help our patients feel better, walk without pain, and live longer. We are dedicated to providing exceptional medical care by bringing the most comprehensive, progressive, and personal care experience available in the Birmingham area.
Our team of health care providers, board certified physicians and vascular surgeon have the most qualified experience providing accurate diagnoses, treatment, and support for patients.
We offer a full line of minimally invasive peripheral vascular procedures that can be performed in the comfort of our office-based lab. Patients receive the one-on-one care they deserve from diagnosis to treatment.
During your visit our specialist(s) will will work closely with you to develop a treatment plan to get you on the path to better health.