Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) affects more than 8 million Americans, according to Dr. Pradip Baiju, your Orlando, FL, cardiologist. The chance of having PAD increases as you age, people over 50 have a higher risk.
More About Peripheral Artery Disease:
PAD is a result of hardened and/or clogged leg arteries. When your legs' arteries are plagued with plaque, there's minimal blood flow and poor circulation, which may be fatal and disabling.
The arteries in your harden and become narrower with time, which decreases blood flow to your heart and brain. This increases a person's chances of suffering from a heart attack or a stroke. People also suffer from non-healing ulcers, gangrene, and amputations.
There are additional risk factors other than age:
- Atherosclerotic coronary
- Carotid or renal artery disease
- Abnormal lower extremity pulse examination
- Patients with leg symptoms when they exert themselves:
- Ischemic rest pain
- Patients over the age of 70
- Patients age 50 to 69 with a history of smoking or diabetes
Common Symptoms of Peripheral Artery Disease:
- Claudication, pain in your legs, thighs, or buttocks while walking
- Foot or toe pain that disturbs your sleep
- Skin wounds or ulcers on your feet or toes that heel slowly
Common Tests Used to Diagnose PAD:
There are several procedures your Orlando cardiologist conducts to test for PAD.
- Ankle Brachial Index screening test
- Measuring blood pressures and oxygen levels: Toe Brachial Index, TCP02, Arterial Doppler, CT angiography, MR angiography, and Abdominal angiography with runoff
Peripheral Artery Disease Treatment:
- Quit smoking
- Monitor your blood pressure
- Monitor your cholesterol
- Manage your blood glucose
- Healthy dietary plan
- Exercise (walking for 30 minutes, 3 or 4 times a week)
Do you need to speak with a cardiologist about peripheral artery disease? If you have any questions, concerns or would like to make an appointment, call Heart and Vascular Care in Orlando, FL, at (407) 730-8970 to learn more today!