Peripheral artery disease (PAD)

Peripheral artery disease (PAD)

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a common condition in which fatty plaque builds up in the arteries. This reduces the flow of blood throughout the body, typically affecting legs, ankles and feet.

Symptoms of PAD include:

  • Pain, aching or heaviness in the leg when walking or climbing stairs
  • Leg numbness or weakness
  • A reduced or absent pulse in the ankle or foot
  • A lower temperature in one limb compared to another
  • Sores or wounds on the toes, feet or legs that aren’t healing well

Factors that increase risk for PAD include:

  • Smoking
  • Over 50
  • Certain diseases and conditions (diabetes, high blood pressure)
  •  History of stroke and coronary heart disease

Patients with Peripheral artery disease are at risk for the development of stroke and heart attack. If you have any symptoms or risk factors for PAD contact, your primary provider or Cardiology at 608-324-2227