Peripheral Artery Disease

What is Peripheral Artery Disease?

Peripheral artery disease occurs when blockages form in the arteries of the arms, kidneys, legs, or neck, limiting blood flow to these areas. When the circulatory system cannot get blood flow to your extremities or abdominal organs, their normal functions become impaired.

Are You at Risk for Peripheral Artery Disease?

Many of the disease factors that contribute to heart disease are the same for peripheral artery disease. In fact, if you have been diagnosed with coronary artery disease, it is assumed that you will have some degree peripheral vascular disease at some point as well.

Maintain your health to avoid cardiac and  peripheral artery disease.

Control these risks:

  • Cholesterol
  • Blood pressure
  • Weight
  • Exercise
  • Diabetes
  • Stress

And most importantly STOP SMOKING!
 
The symptoms of peripheral artery disease do differ from heart disease. If you have any of the following symptoms, it is best that you schedule an appointment with a cardiologist:

  • Pain or cramping in your legs
  • Tingling or numbness in your legs, feet or toes
  • A wound or ulcer on the legs or feet that is slow to heal

You are at a high risk to develop peripheral artery disease if you have or do the following:

  • Family history of heart disease
  • Personal history of heart disease or stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Actively smoking or have a history of smoking
  • Inactivity
  • High cholesterol