A disease of narrowing and hardening of the arteries due to blood vessel plaque.
This silent disease progressively worsens the patient’s health by blocking the arteries and making blood flow dangerously sluggish.
Peripheral Arterial Disease "PAD"
Plaque may also progress within the blood vessel, eventually restricting the flow.
The restricted flow is PAD, which presents a number of patient risks; including leg pain with ambulation or at rest, slow-healing wounds, and potential loss of a limb.
After time, these blockages will become significant enough to cause pain in the patient’s legs after exercise, pain with moderate exertion, or pain when lying down (rest pain).
Blockages may also result in stroke-like symptoms which may last minutes, hours, or may never resolve.
PAD symptoms may also signify higher risk for coronary artery disease and an acute myocardial infarction (MI).
Life threatening conditions:
• Heart attack (MI)
Additional conditions include:
• Claudication (cramping leg pain when walking)
• Rest Pain (cramping feet at rest, relieved with standing or massage)