The Symptoms and Risks Factors of PAD
Would you recognize the symptoms of peripheral arterial disease (PAD) even if you were experiencing them? Sometimes the signs of pain in your legs and feet are so gradual they’re easy to ignore.
But PAD can lead to amputation if left untreated! Dr. Kirk Minkus, Vascular & Interventional Radiologist at Southwest Cardiovascular Associates in Phoenix, Arizona, warns about the consequences of missing the signs of PAD.
Watch Dr. Minkus in the video “Peripheral Artery Disease Symptoms and Risk Factors,” brought to you by Take A Stand Against Amputation® and The Way To My Heart to learn more about this deadly disease.
Signs of Serious Health Problems
According to Dr. Minkus, “PAD is an affliction that affects the legs and can seriously restrict the amount of arterial blood flow that moves from your heart down to your toes and mainly, by way of the arterial vessels of your pelvis, your legs and your feet.”
PAD presents in a range of general symptoms, including:
- Pain while walking
- Limitation to how far you can walk
- Pain and cramping in the calves or the legs
- Discoloration of the feet and toes
- Numbness in your feet or toes
- Tingling in the legs or feet
- Hair loss on the legs
- Wounds that won’t heal
Unfortunately, many people do not realize they have a more serious health problem and dismiss the symptoms as the effects of getting older or as part of another condition.
For More Information
Do you want to discuss what you’ve learned about PAD with a healthcare professional? Use CSI’s Find a Doctor tool to talk to a PAD specialist today and prevent even the possibility of amputation.