PAD: Knowing your risk, understanding the dangers, and getting diagnosed

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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
*Smoking
*Diabetes

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.

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Cardiovascular Institute of the South was founded in 1983 by Dr. Craig Walker, who first established the company as a one-physician practice in Houma, Louisiana. Driven by a desire to serve and heal people in his community, Dr. Walker envisioned CIS as a leader in the development of new techniques and technologies in the treatment of both coronary and peripheral artery diseases.

Today, CIS continues to grow and expand to multiple locations striving to make the most advanced cardiovascular care accessible to a wide spectrum of communities across Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi. We believe that our unwavering dedication to the CIS mission of providing the highest quality cardiovascular care has truly been the cornerstone of this successful growth.

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