PERIPHERAL ARTERY DISEASE FAQ
1. What is Peripheral Arterial Disease (P.A.D.)?
P.A.D. is a common disease that affects the legs and feet. It occurs when plaque(fats that circulate in the blood) collect in the walls of the arteries of your legs. When this happens, the blood flow is reduced or even blocked. P.A.D. is most common in the legs, but can also occur in the arteries that carry blood to your kidneys, arms, stomach or even your head.
2. What are the risk factors?
- Age ( over 50)
- African American
- Smoker ( or former smoker)
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- History of heart attack, stroke or vascular disease
3. What are the symptoms?
- Fatigue, heaviness, cramping or pain during activity that goes away with rest.
- Leg or foot pain that disrupts sleep
- Sores, wounds or ulcers that are slow to heal on the toes, feet or legs
- Color changes in the skin of the feet
- One leg feeling cooler than the other
- Poor nail growth and decreased hair on the legs
But, most people donít experience symptoms, so if you believe youíre at risk for P.A.D., call 856- 673- 1340 today for an appointment with one of our vascular doctors.
You can also stop by the P.A.D. health and free screening fair at the Rohrer Fitness Center in Voorhees Sunday September 16, 2007 between 10AM and 4PM. There will be physicians and nurses on site to answer all your questions. Or visit www.aboutpad.org for more information.