What is Peripheral Artery Disease?
Peripheral artery disease, or PAD, refers to deposits of fat and calcium
that narrow arteries throughout the body. People with PAD have narrowed
arteries in their extremities, (usually the legs) which reduce blood flow
to the area and causes pain. In the next five years, one in four patients
with peripheral arterial disease will suffer a heart attack, stroke, amputation or death.
Who is at risk of PAD?
The risk factors which result in PAD are also closely associated with coronary
artery disease and heart attack. In fact, people who have PAD very often
have heart disease as well, whether they know it or not.
Who Should Be Screened?
You should be screened if you meet one or more of the following criteria:
- If you are 65 years and older, Medicare patients should consider with yearly exam
If you are 55 years and older with one of the following risk factors:
- Diabetes Type 1 or 2
- Heart disease
- If you have high cholesterol
- If you smoke
- Family history of heart disease
Any adult with symptoms of PAD
- Painful cramping legs
Early detection and treatment of PAD can help prevent serious disease.
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