Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)

“Peripheral” arterial disease (PAD) refers to blockage of any arteries beyond the heart.  PAD is used most often to describe arterial disease in the legs.

Symptoms of PAD

  • Leg pain that always occurs when walking and goes away after resting a few minutes is a classic symptom of PAD.  This discomfort, described as pain in the muscles, cramping or leg fatigue is called claudication. Discomfort occurs because there is not enough oxygenated blood flow to the leg muscles.
  • Leg and foot pain at rest can indicate severe PAD.
  • Legs may appear shiny, hairless, discolored or reddened.  
  • Poor wound healing may be seen in advanced stages of PAD.
  • Some people will have no symptoms but your health care provider may suspect you are at high risk based on your previous medical history.
  • A simple test consisting of having your blood pressure in your legs and arms is called an Ankle-Brachial Index or ABI and may be ordered to detect problems with your blood flow.


Risks associated with having PAD

  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Death
  • Amputation

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