Heartbeat Report: September is Peripheral Artery Disease Awareness Month


September is Peripheral Artery Disease Awareness Month. PAD is a common circulatory problem in which narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to your limbs.

Dr. Garland Green from the Cardiovascular Institute of the South said it is a treatable disease, but often goes unrecognized.

“It’s very common. There’s over 12 million cases of PAD in the country currently,” Green said.

The main symptom is leg pain. 

“The biggest things that we are trying to prevent is really loss of limbs. Loss of limb for any patient can lead to a 50 percent mortality in five years, which is greater than most malignancies and cancers that people are afraid of,” Green said.

Just like clogged arteries in the heart, clogged arteries in the legs mean you are at risk for having a heart attack or stroke.

We will have stories on PAD throughout the month of September. Check back next Thursday to learn more about PAD risk factors.

For additional information, visit the Cardiovascular Institute of the South’s website.

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