PERIPHERAL ARTERY DISEASE
What is Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)?
Peripheral arterial disease (PAD), also known as atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries,
is a disorder of the blood vessels that carry oxygen to the parts of your body other than your heart.
Just like the vessels in your heart, the peripheral arteries can build up cholesterol deposits called
plaque inside the artery walls. This can narrow the artery and makes it difficult for the blood to
deliver oxygen to the body's muscles and tissue. When blockages occur in the blood vessels to the
legs this causes claudication, or leg pain with activity or exercise.
Severe PAD can cause changes in skin color, sores or ulcers on the legs and feet, and can eventually lead to gangrene and loss
of a foot or leg. PAD may have many symptoms other than calf pain, including numbness, weakness,
and heaviness in the thigh or buttock area when walking, but is relieved by rest.
PAD also includes blockages in the aorta, kidney, arm and neck blood vessels. These can show up as a stroke, aneurysm, high blood pressure or pain.
The Vascular physicians of Associated Cardiovascular Consultants (ACC) are specialists in the diagnosis and treatment of Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD).
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