What is it?

Peripheral Artery Disease refers to a condition which is characterized by narrowing of the arteries that supply blood to the arms and legs, causing a reduced blood flow to the area. This condition occurs due to atherosclerosis, which are deposits of fat, in the arteries, just like what happens in coronary artery disease

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Signs & symptoms

Symptoms include intermittent claudication, muscle pain and cramping that worsen during exercise and get better when resting. Other symptoms include coldness of the arms and legs, numbness in the legs, numbness, weak pulses in the legs or feet, shiny skin on the legs, skin color changes, hair loss and erectile dysfunction.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis is based upon findings from medical history and physical examination. Further evaluation may include blood tests, ultrasound imaging of the legs or feet, and angiography.

Treatment

Treatment includes drugs to help control cholesterol levels, blood pressure,blood sugar, blood clots, and pain relievers. In some cases, angioplasty, stent placement or bypass surgery are needed.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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