Each year, Men’s Health Awareness Month is celebrated to raise awareness about men’s health challenges and encourage them to seek early detection and treatment of any diseases. During this month, organizations around the country emphasize the importance of men’s health and the importance of addressing certain health concerns. Everyday stress and poor lifestyle habits can prove to be obstacles to maintaining good health.
In recognition of National Men’s Health Month, USA Vascular Centers aim to provide men with a better knowledge to take control of their vascular health. Men who experience hypertension, use tobacco, are diabetic, have a poor diet, and are not regularly active are at a higher risk of developing peripheral artery disease (PAD).
Your probability of getting peripheral artery disease (PAD) over time can also increase if the condition runs in your family. For most men, if your father had a history of heart disease, stroke or peripheral artery disease, you might likely develop it over time. In this case, it is important to get regular screenings to avoid the progression of the disease, which, if left untreated, can result in limb amputation.
Nearly 2 million people are living with limb loss in the United States. It is estimated that more than half – 54% – is due to peripheral artery disease or diabetes.
Did you know men are less likely to report early signs or symptoms of PAD? Atherosclerosis, which refers to plaque buildup in the arterial canals, is a major risk factor for PAD. It is more deadly in men than women. Peripheral artery disease in men can start developing as young as the age of 50. Hence, men usually mistake PAD symptoms such as decreased mobility and leg pain as signs of aging.
Take Our “Do I Have Peripheral Artery Disease?” Quiz
We offer a free online resource to help answer the question, “Do I have peripheral artery disease?” Our peripheral artery disease risk assessment quiz takes just minutes to complete and can help you understand the importance of scheduling a peripheral artery disease test.
Many of the major health risks men face can be prevented with a healthy lifestyle, including taking measures to reduce stress, regular exercise, a nutritious diet, and quitting smoking. PAD, however, is a progressive vascular disease that can lead to life-threatening conditions like a heart attack and stroke if left untreated.
Schedule Your Appointment with USA Vascular Centers
The experienced doctors at USA Vascular Centers can help you navigate a peripheral artery disease diagnosis. They will listen carefully to your concerns and put together a personalized treatment plan to help improve your health.
If you have any questions about peripheral artery disease, contact our team at 888-773-2193 or schedule an appointment online. We look forward to answering your questions, helping reduce your PAD symptoms, and improving your quality of life.