Peripheral Artery Disease is a common circulatory problem currently affecting 12 million Americans. It develops when arteries become clogged with plaque, limiting blood flow to legs.
The best possible outcome of PAD depends on timely diagnosis and treatment.
Dr. Amit Patel with the Cardiovascular Institute of the South said the first thing to do is make lifestyle changes. There are also medications to address the contributing conditions such as diabetes, blood pressure or cholesterol. In some cases, surgery is necessary.
If left untreated, PAD can lead to amputation.
If you have signs or symptoms, visit the Cardiovascular Institute of the South.