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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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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


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What tests confirm peripheral arterial disease?

What tests  confirm peripheral arterial disease?

ABI/PRESSURES: Ankle brachial index(abi) measures the difference in blood pressures between the arms and legs and arterial ultrasound which is a type of imaging test can be used in conjunction with this to establish this diagnosis along with an appropriate history. ...Read more

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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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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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Can you get pad (peripheral arterial disease) at age 20?

Can you get pad (peripheral arterial disease) at age 20?

Symptoms are rare: As dr. Wyffels said, autopsies on soldiers in viet nam showed early evidence of pad in young men as early as their 20's but having symptoms from pad when you are 20 would be exceedingly rare. ...Read more

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Please explain va rating for peripheral arterial disease.?

Please explain  va rating for peripheral arterial disease.?

No well known ones..: The va does not have a published criteria that the community of vascular surgeons uses to rate or quantify pad. There are two systems that are used traditionally. They are the fontaine and rutherford classifications. They are based on patient symptoms and the presence of arterial ulcers on the feet. Blockages themselves are scored with a system called tasc that is designed for doctors to compare. ...Read more

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At what age are you more likely to get peripheral arterial disease?

At what age are you more likely to get peripheral arterial disease?

50's : There is different causes of pad and onset of symptoms are different. Most common is atherosclerosis and this start early in life but usually start to manifest with symptoms around the 50's, although some patient can have that even in early 30's. ...Read more

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Please help! what is the va rating for peripheral arterial disease?

Please help! what is the va rating for peripheral arterial disease?

CFR: You can look up the code of federal regulations (cfr) title 38 under schedule of rating disabilities to determine this. ...Read more

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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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Dr. Bradley Thomas
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Peripheral Arterial Disease (Definition)

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 ...Read more