Baton Rouge, LA (NBC 33/Fox 44) We all know with conditions like high blood pressure or an irregular heartbeat, those symptoms can sometimes be pretty obvious. You know it’s time to see a doctor. But when it comes to other conditions related to your heart health, experts with the Cardiovascular Institute of the South say the symptoms can be more subtle.
Like with Peripheral Artery Disease, or PAD. It’s a narrowing of the blood vessels in the legs due to fatty deposits and, as we’ve mentioned in the past, it can put you at increased risk for heart attack or stroke. However, there’s another big danger with PAD and that’s amputation.
“One of the main things why we want to treat PAD is it can lead to amputation,” says Dr. Amit Patel, an Inverventional Cardiologist with CIS. “Unfortunately, almost sixty percent of amputations in the country right now are thought to be preventable. An overwhelming number of these amputations happen because of underlying PAD.”
That’s why it’s recognizing the symptoms of PAD is so important. Here are some of the symptoms, according to Dr. Patel:
*leg pain when walking
*numbness in one or both of your legs
*one foot colder than the other
Experts say if you have any of these symptoms, especially if you smoke, have diabetes, or are over the age of 65, be sure to see your physician immediately.
For more information on PAD, check out the Cardiovascular Institute of the South’s website.