September is Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) Awareness Month
What is PAD?
PAD develops when the arteries (vessels that supply blood to organs and limbs) become blocked, either completely or partially. This blockage is called atherosclerosis.
In fact, 20% of people 65 years old or older have PAD today. of those people, 40% of them do not experience any symptoms at all.
How is PAD diagnosed?
When you have a vascular consultation, the doctor might do a series of tests like Ankle Brachial Index (ABI), ultrasound, MRI, or angiogram.
Leg pain is one of the symptoms of PAD. The pain is caused by partially/completely blocked arteries that supply blood to your legs.
How to prevent PAD?
Some things you can do to help prevent PAD (consult your doctor first): exercise, refrain from smoking, and keep your blood pressure controlled.