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Recognizing the Symptoms of Peripheral Artery Disease

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Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a commonly occurring disorder that diminishes blood flow from the heart to the lower extremities.

PAD affects one in 20 Americans over the age of 50. It occurs when the arteries in the legs narrow or become blocked by a buildup of plaque. This condition is called atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is aggravated by smoking and high blood pressure, which weaken artery walls.

Early detection and treatment of PAD are crucial in minimizing complications and improving the quality of life for individuals with this condition. If you have noticed any symptoms below, it might be time to get screened for PAD.

What Are the Common Signs and Symptoms of Peripheral Artery Disease?

PAD symptoms may vary depending on the severity of the disease but generally include the following issues:

Leg pain or discomfort

Among the most common symptoms of PAD are aching, cramping, and leg fatigue. These symptoms are usually evident while being active. This cramping or discomfort usually occurs with activities such as walking or exercise. Pain or cramping is usually experienced in the calf, thigh, or buttocks and often subsides with rest.

The type of pain experienced is also an indication of PAD. If the pain is located in the muscle and not the joints, the discomfort is very likely PAD-related.

Numbness or weakness

PAD can cause a feeling of numbness or weakness in the affected limbs. This sensation may be more pronounced during periods of inactivity or when resting with the legs elevated.

Coldness or discoloration

Restricted blood flow to the extremities can lead to coldness or a bluish tint in the affected area. This is particularly noticeable in the toes or feet.

The skin might also have a shiny quality. Peripheral artery disease (PAD) causes changes in the affected area because it deprives the tissues of oxygen and nutrients. This can lead to the coldness, blueness, and shininess of the skin.

Trophic changes refer to changes in the skin caused by reduced blood flow. These changes can include discoloration, thinning, and a decrease in the amount of hair and sweat glands in the affected area.

Slow-healing sores

PAD can impair the body's ability to heal wounds. Individuals with PAD may experience slow-healing sores or ulcers on their toes or feet, which can become infected or gangrenous if left untreated.

Weak or absent pulses

A healthcare professional can assess the strength and regularity of the pulses in the affected limbs. Weak or absent pulses may indicate reduced blood flow due to PAD.

It is critical to note that not all individuals with PAD experience noticeable symptoms. However, even without symptoms, individuals with PAD are still at risk for complications such as non-healing wounds or critical limb ischemia.

What Are the Complications Related to Peripheral Artery Disease?

PAD can cause leg pain and weakness, especially when walking or active.

One of the most serious complications of PAD is critical limb ischemia which usually is associated with foot or toe pain at rest as well as non-healing ulcers or wounds. This condition can lead to amputation, disability, or even death. It is caused by a severe deficiency in blood flow to the limbs. The lack of blood can lead to tissue death and gangrene.

How Do I Prevent PAD?

Exercise vigorously, eat a heart-healthy diet, and quit smoking. If you have PAD, it is important to work with your doctor to manage risk factors such as high blood pressure and cholesterol. Regular checkups and monitoring are also crucial for early detection and treatment.

If you experience any of the symptoms mentioned above or have concerns about your vascular health, it is vital to consult with a physician.

At Georgia Endovascular, we will perform a comprehensive assessment, including a physical exam, medical history review, and diagnostic tests, to determine if PAD is present. Afterward, we will create a treatment plan tailored to your unique medical needs.

Recognizing peripheral artery disease symptoms is crucial for early detection and management.

If you have experienced any of these symptoms, don't wait. Contact our helpful team at 678-915-2000 and request a consultation today.

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