A diagnosis of peripheral artery disease used to mean a high likelihood of amputation at some point. However, with recent advances from Dr. Rafei, these scenarios are becoming more and more infrequent with the repair of arteries becoming possible. More than 100,000 foot, toe or leg amputations result each year result from disease, according to Spectranetics, a technology company at the forefront of excimer laser ablation. While excimer laser technology was a major breakthrough in treating PAD, it could be difficult to pinpoint blockages without special dyes, says Refai. However, now the results are much better and blockages are able to be targeted more precisely.
Many people dismiss leg pain as a normal sign of aging. However, it could be sign of something more serious like PAD. PAD leg pain occurs in the muscles and not the joints. If you're having recurring pain, talk to your health-care professional and ask them about PAD.
|| The most common symptoms of PAD are cramping, pain or tiredness in the leg or hip muscles while walking or climbing stairs. Typically, this pain goes away with rest and returns when you walk again.
|| Many people mistake the symptoms of PAD for something else.
||PAD often goes undiagnosed by health-care professionals.
|| People with PAD are at higher risk for heart attack and stroke.
|| People with high blood pressure or high cholesterol are at risk for PAD.
|| PAD is easily diagnosed in a simple, painless way.
|| You can take control by leading a heart-healthy lifestyle and following the recommendations of your health-care professional.
|| Left untreated, PAD can lead to gangrene or amputation.
|| If you smoke or have diabetes, you have an especially high risk for PAD.
|| Most cases of PAD can be managed with lifestyle changes and medication.
- Source: The American Heart Association