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Peripheral Arterial Disease Resources

What is PAD?

"Hardening of the arteries" is a common disease that causes arteries to become clogged with plaque, much like old water pipes can become clogged with lime. The condition can cause heart attacks and strokes, but another effect of cardiovascular disease is peripheral arterial disease (PAD), which affects the extremities, usually the toes, feet and legs. If you have PAD, you most likely have artery disease throughout the body.

Patients with PAD may have no symptoms at all, but can have pain in the feet, pain when walking, numbness in the feet and other symptoms. If the disease gets worse, patients may face amputation. Below are some information resources for patients and families.

Peripheral Artery Disease Patient Information Page [printable version]

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If you have PAD, take care of your feet

'Heart Disease' Can Also Affect your Feet Kidneys and Brain. One in Five Americans Over Age 60 Have Peripheral Artery Disease.

Six Diabetes-Related Vascular Complications -- And How to Avoid themPeople who live with diabetes know they have a lot of health management to do, but some may not understand that many complications stem from one primary issue. 

A Walk With Fido Improves Vascular Leg Health. Research confirms it - dogs can improve your vascular health. Regular walks help dog owners avoid the ravages of PAD and owning a dog reduces the owners blood pressure.

September is PAD Month - Know the Risks of Peripheral Arterial Disease. If you are healthy and 50 or younger, your PAD risk is low, but if you smoke or have diabetes your risk is much higher. And it goes up with every decade of life.

‘Can You Save My Leg?' Researchers Have a Better Answer For Patients. Some patients who are in danger of losing an arm or leg due to  hardening of the arteries have been getting more hopeful news from vascular surgeons.

Low Income PAD Patients Tend to Choose Surgery Over Exercise.  Smokers and low income PAD patients are less willing to try exercise to avoid surgery.

Regular Walks Give People With Diabetes a Leg Up on Health. Diabetics are at higher risk of PAD, but one of the best things they can do for their legs is walk often.

Answers to Your FAQs about Diabetes and Leg Artery Disease. Published in EverydayHealth. Dr. George Andros, SVS Member


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