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Could You Have PAD?

Bellamah Vein Center

Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)

  • Is caused by hardening of the arteries
  • Starves the legs and feet of oxygen
  • Can cause foot sores that won’t heal
  • Can lead to amputations, even death

Keep your legs and feet healthy:

  • Tell your doctor if you have leg pain
  • Don’t smoke; if you do smoke, quit!
  • Walk 30 minutes/day, 3 to 5 times a week

Many patients have NO symptoms, but PAD affects 8 to 12 million Americans over 50.

Symptoms

What should I look for?

  • Leg or foot wounds that are slow to heal
  • Unexplained leg pain or cramping, especially during exercise or walking
  • Skin problems or discoloration on your legs and feet, poor nail growth

Risk Factors

People with these risks are more likely to have PAD

  • History of smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Advanced age
  • High blood pressure
  • Excess weight
  • A family history of PAD
  • Cholesterol

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