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) is a disease in which plaque builds up in the arteries that carry blood to your head, organs, and limbs. Plaque is made up of fat, cholesterol, calcium, fibrous tissue, and other substances in the blood. (Peripheral Artery Disease, 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.), smoking cigarettes could have a stronger effect on your health than you realize.
People who smoke are also at risk for developing plaque in their Arteries are blood vessels that carry blood to your heart and other parts of your body. (Atherosclerosis is a disease in which plaque builds up inside your arteries. Arteries are blood vessels that carry oxygen-rich blood to your heart and other parts of your body.)19 — a leading cause of PAD, heart attack and stroke.21 PAD results from narrowed arteries in the legs, limiting blood flow to the legs and feet. PAD can lead to a range of symptoms including aches, numbness and burning sensations in your legs and/or feet.
Without early detection and treatment, PAD can advance. The worst form of PAD is, Also potentially known as CLI, the most severe and deadly form of peripheral artery disease. (CLI). People with CLI commonly have pain while walking. They may have open wounds on their feet or legs that won’t heal. Many people with CLI are at significant risk for To surgically remove all or part of a limb (leg, foot or toe) if they don’t seek treatment. Things can even get worse from there — CLI has been linked to putting a person’s life at risk.4
Smoking and aging are risk factors
Plus, aging plays a role in raising a smoker’s risk of PAD. The older a smoker is, the higher the risk for PAD.13
There is good news: There are treatment options for PAD. If you are a smoker, talk to your health care professional about your risk level for PAD. You can talk about options to help you stop smoking. If the doctor does diagnose PAD, you can discuss treatment options.
Don’t delay — talk to your doctor now. Use our Find a Doctor tool to locate a PAD specialist near you who is experienced using Cardiovascular Systems, Inc., devices to treat PAD.