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“Hardening of the arteries” isn’t just bad for your heart. It can affect your feet and legs, too.
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is the stiffening or narrowing of blood vessels that supply oxygen to the limbs. It can reduce the blood flow to your legs, leading to problems with walking, slow wound healing, and chronic leg discomfort.
Find a cardiologist at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican who specializes in treating vascular conditions, such as peripheral artery disease, in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV. Call 702.616.4900 to set up an appointment today.
Peripheral artery disease reduces blood flow to your feet and legs. If you have this condition, your lower legs may look bluish in color. This is due to lack of oxygen. Other symptoms include:
Peripheral artery disease is most common in men older than 50, but women can get it, too. Risk factors for developing PAD include:
Try a cardiac nutrition, fitness class, or smoking cessation class at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican to keep your heart healthy and lower your risk of PAD. See all of our classes and register online.
Peripheral artery disease is a chronic condition, which means there is no cure. However, there are a range of treatment options.
To determine the right treatment for you, your doctor will perform a physical exam and may order tests, including:
If you have peripheral artery disease, you may need to take prescription medications to prevent blood clots. It’s important to get prompt medical attention for any lesions, sores, or cuts on your legs or feet. You will also need to make lifestyle changes such as:
If your peripheral artery disease is severe, your doctor may recommend angioplasty to open the blocked blood vessels in your legs.