PAD develops when your arteries become clogged with plaque-fattty deposits that limit blood flow to your legs
Just like clogged arteries in the heart, clogged arteries in the legs mean you are at higher risk of having a heart attack or stroke.
Symptoms of PAD: fatigue, heaviness cramping or pain in the leg muscles during activity that goes away with rest
Other symptoms of PAD: leg or foot pain that disturbs sleep and/or sores/wounds/ulcers on the toes/feet/legs that are slow to heal
Risk Factors for PAD:
- age > 50
- African American
- current or ex-tobacco use
- High blood pressure
- Personal history of vascular disease, heart attack or stroke
Questions for your Health Care Provider:
- Does my medical history raise my risk for PAD?
- Do I need to do anything about my blood glucose, blood pressure or cholesterol?
- Which screening tests or exams are right for me?
- If I have PAD, what steps should I take to treat it?
- What steps can I take to reduce my risks for heart attack and stroke?
- What can I do to quit smoking?