Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a progressive circulatory problem that may be caused by atherosclerosis, a condition that thickens the walls of arteries from built up cholesterol or fat. This thickening limits proper blood flow and the necessary transfer of essential oxygen and nutrients to legs and feet.
Patients with PAD may experience painful cramping, numbness, weakness, or a decreased body temperature in the hips, thighs, or calves, as well as:
- Sores on the lower extremities that don’t heal
- Hair loss on the legs and feet
- Weak pulse in the lower extremities
- Shiny skin on the calves or thighs
- Changes in skin color
Patients who are over the age of 70; over the age of 50 and have a history of diabetes and smoking; or are under the age of 50 with diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure should schedule an appointment at Palm Vein Center to undergo a PAD screening. Patients with these health risks have an increased chance of developing this condition.
The vein specialists at Palm Vein Center can administer comprehensive screenings for patients suspected of having PAD. If patients have already been diagnosed with PAD, Palm Vein Center’s highly skilled sonographers can determine the condition’s progression level. Once a diagnosis or severity level has been indicated, a physician will recommend an appropriate treatment regimen, which may include a combination of conservative techniques and minimally invasive vein procedures.
To reduce your risk of PAD, quit smoking, keep your blood sugar under control, exercise regularly, maintain a healthy weight, and eat foods low in saturated fat to keep your cholesterol and blood pressure under control.