Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) is a vascular disease affecting the arteries of the legs.

The arteries carry oxygen-rich blood to the cells of the body so they can function and keep the organs healthy.

In PAD there is a gradual build up of plaque within the arteries , these fatty deposits restrict the blood flow and can cause other organs to fail

PAD can also be as a result of an embolism or inflammation of the blood vessels.

PAD can be serious if not treated early; it requires medical attention.

Risk Factors
If you have a family history of PAD, are a male, or are over 50 years you are at increased risk for peripheral artery disease,

Diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease or strokes can lead to PAD; Your doctor would be aware of the risks when a diagnosis is made of them.

Overweight, smoking, high fat diet and lack of exercise all contribute to PAD. The disease can be prevented by a  developing a healthy lifestyle with your control.

These are symptoms of PAD:
-Pain, discomfort and weakness in the legs due to exercise
-Paleness of the legs
-Blueness of the legs
-Cold legs or feet
-Leg ulcers that wouldn't heal
Tingling in the legs
-Erectile dysfunction
 In severe cases there may be numbness and pain in the legs or feet when at rest.

If your are experiencing any of these symptoms and have any  of the risk factors talk to a medical doctor.

Make lifestyle changes such as:
  • Quit smoking
  • Increase physical activity
  • Lose weight
  • Develop health eating habits
The disease can be stopped or improved if treated early.

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