Left untreated, PAD can lead to amputation
Aches and pains might not be part of getting older
You might think some of your aches and pains are just age catching up to you. And while you may be getting older, that doesn’t mean you should ignore what your body is trying to tell you – it could be more than a simple ache. “Older” is a relative term, and in the case of risk factors for peripheral artery disease (PAD), it may be younger than you think. For example, one in 20 Americans over the age of 50 has PAD.8 As you get older, you’re also more likely to have calcium deposits building up inside your arteries. This is called calcification.
The more calcification you have in your arteries, the more progressive your PAD can be. As the calcium builds in your arteries and continues to limit blood flow to your feet and legs, you could develop critical limb ischemia (CLI) – the worst form of PAD.5 The obstructed blood flow to your feet and legs is so considerable and widespread if you have CLI that you might be at significant risk for amputation. Things can get worse from there – CLI has been linked to putting a patient’s life at risk. Getting the calcium levels checked in the arteries in your legs can help determine your risk level for amputation.9 Discuss your risk level and treatment options with your health care provider. If you don’t have one, you can use our Find a Doctor tool to locate a PAD specialist near you.
THE GOOD NEWS: There are many TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR PAD. So don’t wait. Discuss your symptoms with your doctor now.
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Only a health care professional can diagnose you with PAD. Our Symptom Quiz can help guide the conversation about your treatment options.
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Click below to take the interactive Symptom Quiz. You can print your answers out and take them with you to a doctor to help guide your conversation about PAD.