Peripheral Artery Disease 1

Monday, September 01, 2014

Peripheral artery disease develops when your arteries become clogged with plaque or fatty deposits that limit blood flow to your legs.

Dr. Edward Hill discusses the risk factors and symptoms for this life-threatening condition in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Peripheral Arterial Disease is the narrowing or blockage of the vessels that carry blood from the heart. It is primarily caused by the buildup of fatty plaque in the arteries. PAD is more common in the legs than the arms.

There may be no symptoms with early peripheral artery disease. Initial symptoms include burning, cramping, and pain in the legs, especially when walking.

The risk factors for peripheral artery disease include:

Being over the age of 50.

Smoking.

Diabetes.

High blood pressure

Elevated cholesterol and

History of heart attack or stroke.

Untreated peripheral artery disease may lead to leg ulcers or even amputation. If you have blockages in your peripheral arteries, you are also at risk for having blockages in the heart or brain. This increases your risk of heart attack or stroke.

If you have symptoms of leg pain, weakness or numbness after walking or climbing stairs, bring these to your doctors attention. You may have early and treatable peripheral arterial disease.

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