Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a common circulatory problem in which narrowed arteries obstruct blood flow to a person’s limbs. The disease most commonly is the result of progressive buildup of fatty acids or plaque in the arteries. Plaque buildup in the arteries’ walls is known as atherosclerosis, and causes the arteries to narrow or […]
This is our third and last article in the series. Enjoy the first two articles here- Why So Many PAD Cases
Go Undiagnosed?andTop 6 Things That Put You At Risk For PAD.
In most cases, PAD is initially diagnosed by measuring blood pressure in the ankles and arms, then
calculating the patient’s Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI) test. Patients […]
The prevalence of PAD is more common among older adults, due to the weakening of their vascular
structure and functions. This weakening is caused by longer exposure to cardiovascular disease (CVD)
risk factors such as smoking, family history of vascular conditions, high blood pressure or cholesterol,
diabetes, and age. Plaque buildup in the arteries causes obstruction to normal […]
Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) most often occurs in the leg arteries, but may also affect other arteries that supply blood and nutrients to the kidneys, intestines, arms and brain.
In the United States, between 8-12 million people have PAD. That is why it’s utterly shocking that awareness and education surrounding PAD and PAD symptoms is estimated […]
Everything You Need to Know About an Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI) Test
You just came out of a doctor’s appointment and you’ve been diagnosed with peripheral artery disease (PAD). Your mind is reeling from all the information you just received about your condition. When you’re first diagnosed, it can be extremely overwhelming with all the information circulating […]
What are LDL and HDL Cholesterols and How do they relate to PAD?
Low-density lipoprotein, aka “LDL” is considered the “bad” cholesterol, because it contributes to fatty buildups in arteries (atherosclerosis).Over time, LDL can narrow the arteries with plaque buildup. When plaque accumulates on the walls of the arteries, health conditions such as heart attacks, strokes, […]
When it comes to managing your health, it’s important to fully understand your condition. It can sometimes be confusing when doctors use terms interchangeably without disclosing what they mean.
There are subtle differences between the terms, PAD and PVD. Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) afflicts the arteries alone while Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD) is a broader […]