How to talk to your patients about PAD
- Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a circulation disorder of the blood vessels to the extremities, brain, stomach or kidneys.
- PAD is caused by a buildup of plaque in the inner walls of the peripheral arteries (those away from the heart).
- In PAD, plaque narrows or blocks the arteries, reducing blood flow.
- PAD is serious but often can be treated successfully with lifestyle changes.
- Also called peripheral vascular disease, PAD can lead to serious health issues, such as:
- Leg or foot wounds that are slow to heal, in some cases leading to gangrene or limb amputation
- High blood pressure
- Stroke or heart attack
- Kidney problems
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