Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) is a common condition in which plaque buildup in the arteries reduces blood flow to the legs and feet. Symptoms of PAD can include leg pain or cramping during physical activity, sores on the legs or feet that won’t heal, cold or numb feet or legs, and a weak or absent pulse in the legs or feet.
There are several treatment options for PAD, including lifestyle changes, medications, and procedures. Lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking, controlling blood sugar and cholesterol levels, and exercising regularly, can help improve blood flow and reduce the risk of PAD progression.
Medications used to treat PAD include aspirin, cholesterol-lowering drugs, blood thinners, and medications to improve blood flow.
Procedural treatments for PAD include angioplasty and stenting to open blocked arteries, atherectomy to remove plaque, and bypass surgery to reroute blood around a blocked artery.
It’s important to seek medical attention if you experience symptoms of PAD, as untreated PAD can lead to serious complications, including amputation, non-healing wounds, and an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent or delay these complications and improve quality of life.