What is Peripheral Artery Disease?
Peripheral Artery Disease, also known as PAD, is a narrowing and hardening of arteries that supply blood to the legs and feet, and affects about 8 million Americans.
What are the signs of PAD?
- Burning/aching in feet and toes while resting (especially while lying flat)
- Temperature difference between one leg and the other, or between legs and body
- Redness or color change in legs
- Slow/non-healing sores on toes or feet
Am I at risk?
PAD often goes undiagnosed and can have serious consequences if left untreated. Risk factors include:
- High cholesterol or blood pressure
- Slow healing foot wound
- Age (50 and older)
- Ethnicity (African Americans are twice as likely to have PAD)
- History of heart or blood vessel disease
How do I protect myself?
Sanford Vascular Associates, the region’s leader in vascular care, can provide you with the expertise you need to protect your health – or potentially save your life.