Peripheral Artery Disease, or PAD, as it is more commonly known, is a common circulatory problem that affects more than 12 million Americans. As we’ve reported in the past, PAD develops when your arteries become clogged with plaque –fatty deposits that limit blood flow to your legs. Just like clogged arteries in the heart, clogged arteries in the legs mean you are at risk for having a heart attack or stroke.
PAD is a common and treatable disease, but it is often unrecognized, because its main symptoms (see previous story here) are often considered an inevitable consequence of aging.
As for the risk factors for PAD, they are the same ones often associated with heart disease:
*Over the age of 50
If left untreated, PAD can have serious complications, including amputation. Experts with the Cardiovascular Institute of the south say approximately 60% of the amputation procedures performed in the US could have been prevented. That’s why CIS uses the latest technology and advancements in the treatment of PAD and say early detection is of the utmost importance.
PAD can be diagnosed using a simple, painless ultrasound called an ankle brachial index (BMI), which tests the blood flow in your legs to determine your risk of PAD.
If you think you may be at risk, call a CIS clinic near you. CIS has clinics in Baton Rouge, Zachary and Prairieville. For more information, visit the CIS website.