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Dr. Bradley Thomas
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Peripheral Arterial Disease (Overview)

Peripheral arterial disease is a condition in which a person has atherosclerosis in vessels outside the heart. The person has build-up of fat, cholesterol, and other substances in the walls of his arteries. This build-up forms harder spots called plaques.


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Is there a difference between peripheral arterial disease and peripheral venous disease?

Is there a difference between peripheral arterial disease and peripheral venous disease?

Yes: They are completely different. Venous disease is somewhat genetic, but if people lived long enough almost everyone would probably get venous disease at some point in their life. In fact 15% of the adult population has venous disease. Arterial disease, in contrast, is not as common in the general population. It occurs in smokers, diabetics, and in people with high blood pressure and cholesterol. ...Read more

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Dr. Bradley Thomas
368 doctors shared insights

Peripheral Arterial Disease (Overview)

Peripheral arterial disease is a condition in which a person has atherosclerosis in vessels outside the heart. The person has build-up of fat, cholesterol, and other substances in the walls of his arteries. This build-up forms harder spots called plaques.


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How does peripheral arterial disease affect someone?

How does peripheral arterial disease affect someone?

Calfs hurt when walk: Peripheral artery disease causes blockages in the leg arteries that supply blood to the muscles used in walking. This causes the calfs to get tight and heavy and to hurt when walking. In more advanced cases as arteries become totally blocked in more than one level the disease may lead to complete loss of circulation and gangrene or amputation. Early diagnosis and treatment can avoid this. ...Read more

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Managing Peripheral Vascular Disease (Checklist)

Try to continue walking
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Make sure risk factors are addressed (blood pressure, cholesterol)
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Inspect your feet daily -- call your MD with any wounds
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Can claudication be a possible symptom of peripheral arterial disease?

Can claudication be a possible symptom of peripheral arterial disease?

A principal symptom: Claudication, or the tensing up of the calf muscles during walking, is the main symptom of peripheral arterial disease. It is caused by blockages in the arteries that give blood supply to the calf muscles. Claudication may be called "intermittent" because it goes away when one stops walking and may recur on resuming walking -unlike spinal stenosis which causes rest pain down the legs. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of peripheral arterial disease?

What are the symptoms of peripheral arterial disease?

Symptoms: Some of the common symptoms are: Pain when walking (claudication) Rest pain Cold feet Numbness and tingling in the legs and feet Skin discoloration in the feet and toes. Slowly healing sores on the feet ...Read more

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Treating Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (Checklist)

Ask for STD testing
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Have your partner get STD testing
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Take all of your medication exactly as prescribed
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Use condoms when having intercourse to prevent STD transmission
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How could a young person get diagnosed with peripheral arterial disease ?

Youthful PAD: The simplest test is to use a doppler and check blood pressures in the arms and ankles and compare. Pad will make them different. Signs and symptoms can include cold feet, bluish toes, pain in the calves with walking, ulcers of the feet and toes and gangrenous changes of the feet. Many diseases can mimic these symptoms so a vascular or wound specialist is needed. ...Read more

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Which tests are usually carried out to confirm peripheral arterial disease?

Leg pressures: Non-invasive studies that measure your blood pressure in different locations of the leg are a great way to confirm peripheral artery disease. The blood pressures in the thigh, calf, ankle, and toes are measured along with special waveform tracing gives the best functional information about your disease. No other test (including angio or ultrasound) gives more functional information than this test. ...Read more

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Living with Lyme Disease (Checklist)

Consult an infectious disease doctor.
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Treat symptoms
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See a specialist to treat the area where the symptoms are worst
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Dr. Peter Ihle
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Artery (Definition)

Arteries are a type of blood vessels. We can divide blood vessels into 2 categories. Arteries are high pressure vessels which deliver (red) oxygen + blood out into the body. Veins on the other hand or low pressure vessels which return (dark) oxygent - blood from the body ...Read more