Educational Resources

It’s OK to Ask for a Second Opinion

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) has many treatment options, including long-term lifestyle changes and medications. However, if you have advanced PAD, these treatments might not be enough. Your doctor may recommend bypass surgery or amputation, a common treatment for the most severe stage of PAD.

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Advanced Methods for Treating an Old Problem

A diagnosis of advanced-stage peripheral artery disease (PAD) can be difficult news to take. PAD is a serious condition – left untreated, it can lead to amputation. Research shows there are more than 160,000 PAD-related amputations annually performed in the U.S. But there is some good news, too. There are many treatment options for PAD.

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Stop Smoking and Improve Your PAD Outlook

You've likely heard it many times: Smoking is bad for your health. But if you have peripheral artery disease (PAD), smoking cigarettes could have a stronger effect on your health than you realize. Smoking is a significant risk factor for PAD. The lives of patients with PAD...

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5 Things You Can Share About Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is the biggest disease that most people have never heard about. It affects up to 18 million people in the United States – more than stroke and heart failure and left untreated can be life threatening. Sadly, few people who have PAD know they even have the disease...

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See Your Doctor for An Easy Test to Screen for PAD

There's a relatively simple test that a health care professional can do to help you determine if you have peripheral artery disease, also known as PAD. The results of this basic exam can go a long way toward helping a health care professional identify your level of risk and decide if you might need treatment.

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Amputation Doesn’t Have to be the Only Outcome for PAD

There are many ways peripheral artery disease, also known as PAD, can affect a person's quality of life. Some might be minor inconveniences, while others – such as amputation – can severely affect a person's lifestyle. In the more severe stages of PAD – such as critical limb ischemia, sometimes also called CLI – amputation of a toe, foot or leg is a reality many people face.

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Diabetes and PAD: A Troubling Combination

People with diabetes are at risk for multiple medical complications. Peripheral artery disease, also known as PAD, is a disease that people with diabetes have a higher incidence of. It is a potentially life-threatening disease where plaque, like calcium, builds up along blood vessel walls, narrowing the arteries and reducing blood flow to the legs and feet.

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