Peripheral Arterial (Vascular) Disease (or PAD/PVD), is a common condition where narrowed arteries in the leg or legs prevent regular blood flow. This usually causes pain and/or cramping in the muscles of the hip, thigh or calf when walking or exercising. The pain can go away when resting, but will return with exercise and movement. If left untreated, the narrowed arteries prevent blood flow to the leg or legs, and can essentially “choke” the leg. This can cause the skin to change color, difficulty walking, ulcers and sores on the leg and foot, and lead to gangrene and possible amputation.
Some Risk Factors Include
Hypertension, or high blood pressure
Hypercholesterolemia, or high cholesterol
Obesity (body mass index (BMI) of 35 or higher)
History of tobacco use
Do You Have Symptoms?
PAD can cause leg cramping, aches, or pain while walking a block or less, using stairs, or exercising. The pain is usually relieved by resting.
PAD can cause pain in legs or feet when lying down. The pain is often relieved by 1) hanging legs over the side of the bed, 2) getting up and walking, or 3) standing.
PAD can cause slowly healing wounds, sores, or ulcers on legs, feet, or both.
Patients with PAD may have feet or toes that turn dark in color
There are alternatives to traditional surgery. Evolve Medical can treat PAD with a minimally-invasive, image-guided treatment that avoids traditional surgery that often requires hospital stays and lengthy recoveries.
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