(PAD)Peripheral Arterial Disease
What is P.A.D.?
Peripheral Arterial Disease (P.A.D.) is the buildup of cholesterol and plaque in the arteries
of the lower extremities, causing decreased blood flow to the legs and feet.
At risk groups for P.A.D. include men and women ages 70 and older, and patients 50 years
or older with a history of diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or smoking.
Signs and symptoms of P.A.D. include:
-Pain in the legs brought on by walking and relieved with rest
-Pain in the legs at rest due to poor circulation
-A poorly healing wound on lower extremity
-Injury to lower limb or foot involving blood vessels
-Discoloration of toes and feet
The following can increase the risk of getting P.A.D.
-High blood pressure
-Increasing age, especially after reaching 50 years of ageA family history of peripheral
artery disease, heart disease or stroke