Peripheral Artery Disease

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Peripheral artery disease affects between 8 and 12 million people in the United States, many of whom are over the age of 50. Dr. Edward Hill discusses treatment options for PAD in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Peripheral artery disease is a common, yet serious, disease that raises the risk of heart attack and stroke. This develops when arteries in your legs become clogged with plaque

Peripheral artery disease is most commonly seen in the legs, but also can be present in the arteries that carry blood to your head, arms, kidneys and stomach.

The overall goals of treatment include reducing symptoms, improving quality of life and preventing complications.

There are three main approaches to treatment:

Lifestyle changes; such as not smoking, lowering blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose, eating right and exercising.

Medication; to lower blood pressure, prevent blood clots, and reduce leg pain, and

Catheter-based procedures or surgery to relieve the blockage and improve blood circulation.

Timely detection and treatment of peripheral artery disease can improve your mobility and reduce your risk of heart attack, stroke, leg amputation and even death. If you have risk factors, or leg pain when walking, report this to your physician.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.