Peripheral artery disease causes a narrowing of the peripheral arteries leading to the:
It's most often observed in the legs. The condition is similar to coronary artery disease. Both peripheral artery disease and coronary artery disease result from atherosclerosis.
Patients who suffer from peripheral artery disease have an increased risk for:
If peripheral artery disease isn't treated, there can be serious consequences including gangrene and limb amputation.
Peripheral artery disease can cause:
Usually, the pain caused by peripheral artery disease is only temporary. It generally goes away once the patient has rested for a while; however, it will return once they start walking again. Peripheral artery disease symptoms can be confused with those of other conditions and may sometimes be mistaken for things like pulled muscles.
Smokers, people with high cholesterol, people with hypertension, and patients who have diabetes are at an increased risk for peripheral artery disease. As a patient ages, their risk for peripheral artery disease rises. While aging can't be controlled, most of the risk factors for peripheral artery disease can be avoided.
Indicators of peripheral artery disease are often found during a physical exam. Some of the signs that the Dr. Saleh may notice during an exam include a:
When signs like these are present, Dr. Saleh may perform diagnostic tests such as:
Lifestyle changes can make a big difference in dealing with peripheral artery disease. In some cases, oral medication is used to help control the symptoms of peripheral artery disease. Dr. Saleh will customize a treatment approach for every patient.
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