Treating Peripheral Artery Disease

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The leading cause of death in America is heart disease. According to the CDC, “Half of all Americans have at least one of the top three risk factors for heart disease (high blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking). Heart disease deaths are not just fatal heart attacks or strokes. Heart disease can ravage a body long before it becomes fatal. One type of heart disease is Peripheral Artery Disease, or PAD.

Peripheral Artery Disease occurs when plaque builds up in the arteries, which leads to decreased blood flow to the limbs.

PAD is often under diagnosed or mistaken for something else. Pain or fatigue in the legs is often attributed to aging, generalized fatigue or back problems. Without a proper screening and when left untreated, PAD can progress from pain and fatigue to infections and amputations.

Some symptoms of PAD include:

  • Pain in the legs
  • Skin changes in the shins and feet
  • Loss of hair
  • Color changes to the skin

Baptist Health in Lexington offers a variety of treatments to combat Peripheral Artery Disease.

It is important to consult with a doctor if any of the above symptoms are present or if there is a family history of heart disease. Too often patients don’t mention symptoms to their doctor because they attribute their experiences to aging. Also, many PAD patients have no symptoms at all. PAD is treatable if diagnosed early enough.

Visit baptisthealth.com/lexington to learn more about treatment options.