Peripherial Artery Disease

PERIPHERAL ARTERY DISEASE / PERIPHERAL VASCULAR DISEASE

Peripheral artery disease is a common condition which affects the elderly in which there is narrowing of arteries which reduce blood flow to the arms or legs.

Peripheral artery disease is usually a sign of a buildup of fatty deposits in the arteries (atherosclerosis). Atherosclerosis causes narrowing of the arteries that can reduce blood flow in the legs and, sometimes, the arms.

Patients with Peripheral artery disease are more likely to get stroke (Cerebral vascular accident) and coronary artery disease. They are cholesterol deposition (plague formation) and narrowing of blood vessel. When it comes to the legs we called it peripheral artery disease

  • Intermittent claudication – This means the patient get pain in the calf muscles on walking on a hilly road or ascending.
  • Ulceration - especially of the toes, legs, hands and the feet as a result of stoppage of blood flow to specific body parts. (Gangrene)
  • Burning pain of the legs usually the patient doesn’t cover them during bed time
  • Erectile dysfunction (Lack of erection in men)
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • High Cholesterol
  • Age above 60 years
  • Get plenty of physical activity to help prevent PAD or improve symptoms of PAD.2
  • Do not smoke.
  • Control high blood pressure
  • manage high blood cholesterol
  • Control diabetes.

If you have PAD, participating in supervised exercise training programs can improve and prolong your ability to walk longer distances.

  • Amputation (loss of a limb)
  • Poor wound healing.
  • Restricted mobility due to pain or discomfort.
  • Severe pain in the affected extremity.
  • Stroke
  • Lipid profile
  • Complete blood count
  • ESR
  • CRP
  • Echocardiography
  • Ankle brachial index
Treatment is available to the stage of the disease

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