According to an article published in USA Today more people around the world have Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD): a serious vascular disease caused by the narrowing of arteries. One of the most classic symptoms of PAD is leg pain during exercise which stops at rest. People with Peripheral Artery Disease are at a higher risk of heart attack or stroke and if left untreated PAD can even lead to limb amputation.
The number of people with PAD has skyrocketed from about 164 million in 2000 to 202 million in 2010.
“It is a very serious condition because people affected have a very high risk of having a heart attack or stroke”, says the study’s lead author Gerry F of the University of Edinburgh, UK.
Greg F also shares:” The quality of life of some PAD patients can be quite poor because they often have great difficulty in walking. This can be catastrophic in poor countries where access to transport is very limited.”
“Regardless of leg symptoms, Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) is associated with the highest short-term risk of heart attack, stroke and death of any cardiovascular disease,” says Alan H, a professor of medicine, epidemiology and community health at the University of Minnesota Medical School. “It’s responsible for over 80% of all amputations in every country, and robs individuals of their walking independence. How could someone not care about such a dangerous illness?” shares Alan H.
At USA Vein Clinics we offer a minimally invasive and non-surgical treatment for PAD called Stent Angioplasty performed as an outpatient procedure and patients can go home after a short recovery. The cost of the treatment is covered by Medicare and most insurance plans.
If you are suffering from the symptoms of PAD such as leg pain or cramps, leg pain while walking, pain in hip muscles, lower temperature in one leg as compared to the other call (888) 628 9389 to schedule a consultation with our leading vascular specialists.