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Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD): Signs and Symptoms

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a common condition that affects a significant number of people in the United States. It is estimated that approximately one in 20 people will develop PAD after reaching the age of 50. PAD is characterized by the accumulation of arterial plaque, which is primarily caused by atherosclerosis.

Atherosclerosis is a medical disorder involving plaque accumulation (fatty deposits) within the arteries. When left unaddressed, this plaque can cause arterial constriction and hardening, reducing blood flow. In the case of PAD, arteries that transport blood to the lower limbs are primarily affected.

There are several risk factors associated with the development of atherosclerosis and, consequently, PAD. These include the following:

  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Advanced age
  • Elevated low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol
  • Sedentary lifestyle

What are the Symptoms of PAD?

In its early stages, PAD symptoms might not be noticeable, which can make it challenging to diagnose and treat. However, there are common signs that you should be aware of to identify the presence of PAD.

It is important to note that while these symptoms are common, not everyone with PAD will experience all of them. Some individuals may only have one or two of the symptoms mentioned above. Additionally, symptoms may vary in severity depending on the extent of the arterial blockage.

Lower Your Risk of PAD

There are several precautionary measures you can take to lower your risk of developing PAD and maintain good vascular health.

Texas Endovascular: Providing Compassionate Care for PAD

If you experience symptoms such as leg pain, cramping, numbness, or wounds that won't heal, it is crucial to seek medical attention promptly.

Visiting a specialistVisiting a specialistVisiting a specialist at Texas Endovascular can ensure accurate diagnosis, personalized treatment plans, and ongoing management of PAD. Our team of experts utilizes advanced techniques and technologies to provide comprehensive care and improve your quality of life.

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