Peripheral arterial disease or PAD is a very serious condition, but it can be effectively treated by a qualified physician who is a PAD specialist. PAD occurs when the arteries are narrowed or blocked. These arteries carry blood and oxygen to the body's extremities, including the legs. When you're treated by a doctor with years of experience and attention to detail, you can eliminate PAD with a procedure that is completed on the same day as your appointment and minimally invasive. The vascular procedure involves a small pinhole that helps to improve the function of the arteries.
It's important to note that PAD symptoms are often undetected and can look and feel like similar health conditions, which makes it difficult to detect PAD. Often, PAD doesn't become obvious until the condition is in the advanced stages. You can lower your chances of PAD by avoiding risk factors like keeping your weight under control, working out regularly and not smoking.
Other risk factors for PAD include diabetes since people with this condition often have circulation issues due to abnormal glucose levels. Individuals with high blood pressure can also develop PAD. Individuals with a family history of excess blood cholesterol or people who currently have heart disease may also be more likely to get PAD. People who have a history of stroke or heart attack should also talk to their doctors about their likelihood of developing PAD; the same is true for people who have kidney disease or experience frequent muscle cramping in their hips, thighs, and calves.
People may notice that they are starting to lose hair on their legs, and when this happens for an extended period of time, PAD could be the cause. Numbness and slowed or poor nail growth can also be a sign that the body's arteries are not functioning well, which could lead to PAD.
Contact Dr. Hollander
For additional information on PAD and how to treat it, contact Dr. Scott C Hollander. Dr. Hollander is a PAD specialist and can prescribe a suitable treatment plan to help you restore your health.
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