Peripheral Arterial Disease
Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a vascular condition where the blood vessels, often in the legs, become narrow or blocked, which can cause pain or discomfort during physical activity.
PAD is typically caused by a buildup of plaque in the arteries, which can narrow or block blood flow. This buildup can be caused by several factors, including smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes.
The most common symptom of PAD is pain or discomfort in the legs, often worsened during physical activity, which is known as claudication. Other symptoms may include:
- Numbness or tingling in the legs or feet
- Weakness in the legs
- Coldness in the lower leg or foot
- Sores or ulcers on the legs or feet that don’t heal
- Weak or absent pulse in the legs or feet
Peripheral Arterial Disease Treatment:
Peripheral Arterial Disease is typically diagnosed through a physical exam and diagnostic tests like ultrasound or angiography. These tests can help determine the extent of the blockages and the best treatment. Treatment for PAD typically involves lifestyle changes like quitting smoking, eating a healthy diet, and getting regular exercise.
Medications like aspirin or statins may also be prescribed to help manage symptoms and reduce the risk of complications. In some cases, procedures may be necessary to improve blood flow to affected areas of your body.
Things you can do:
- Quitting smoking
- Eating a healthy, low-fat diet
- Getting regular exercise
- Managing high blood pressure and cholesterol
Upperline Plus providers can develop a PAD management plan that works for you. They can also help you understand your medications and provide additional resources and support including, dieticians, pharmacists, social workers, and mental health services.
Contact one of our Upperline Health convenient clinics to get your Peripheral Arterial Disease treatment started.