Healogics Blog

What is Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)?

 

Peripheral Artery Disease is a narrowing or blockage of the arteries that supply blood to our legs and arms. Most often, the arteries in the legs are affected. Nearly 8.5 million Americans are currently living with PAD and if left untreated, it can lead to avoidable amputations.

September is Peripheral Artery Disease Awareness Month. This cardiac condition is often overlooked and the minor-to-moderate leg pain it causes is dismissed as part of growing old. It is important to promote awareness of PAD to encourage screenings for adults over 60 as well as lifestyle changes to help prevent PAD.

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Topics: Vascular Disease, Heart Disease, Peripheral Arterial Disease

Peripheral Artery Disease and Related Ulcers

 

What is peripheral artery disease (PAD)?

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a narrowing or blockage of the blood vessels in the legs. Blood flow to your feet and legs is decreased. This decreased blood flow affects the health of your skin on your feet and legs. It can also be the reason a foot ulcer does not heal. People with PAD have an increased risk for heart attack and stroke. An estimated 8 million people in the USA have PAD.

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Topics: Vascular Disease, Types of Wounds, Wound Care, Peripheral Arterial Disease