Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)


Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) is a condition where the arteries of your legs become narrowed with plaque or cholesterol buildup and restricts the flow of blood. Having plaque in the legs often indicates there is plaque in other areas of the body, including arteries that lead to the heart and brain. At any time plaque can rupture and clots can form - cutting off blood supply, which can lead to a heart attack or stroke. Individuals that are at higher risk for developing PAD include (but are not limited to)

  • diabetics
  • smokers or past smokers
  • persons with high blood pressure or blood pressure controlled by medication
  • persons with high cholesterol or cholesterol controlled by medication
  • individuals age 55 and older.
Peripheral Artery Disease can be evaluated in an outpatient setting, and can often be treated with minimally invasive outpatient techniques.

The most common symptoms of PAD include:
  • Cramps, tiredness or pain in the legs, thighs or buttocks that always happens when walking but goes away with rest.
  • Foot or toe pain at rest that often disturbs sleep.
  • Skin wounds or ulcers on the feet or toes that are slow to heal or do not heal for 8 to 12 weeks.


PAD Risk Assessment

Do you feel discomfort in your leg(s) when you walk? If yes, answer the questions below and total your score.

Does the pain ever begin when you stand still or sit?
yes [0 pts] _____ no [1 pt] _____
 
Do you experience pain if you walk uphill or hurry?
yes [1 pt] _____ no [0 pts] _____
 
What happens to the pain if you stand still?
continues more than 10 minutes [0 pts] _____
disappears in 10 minutes or less [1 pt] _____
 
Total Score: _____
 
A score of 3 is positive and highly suspicious of PAD. For more information and to schedule an appointment, call 800.345.5016 or 615-284-LIFE.


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