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Is Peripheral Artery Disease Reversible
Vary Widely: The symptoms can include pain, numbness, weakness, wounds, gangrene, or slow healing of the affected extremity. The most common early sign is claudication, which is defined as muscle discomfort or cramping brought on by exercise & relieved with rest. Chronic pain in the leg or foot, often a achiness or burning, is also common. Get testing w/ ultrasound or blood pressures of the legs by vascular MD ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Arteries are defined as blood vessels which carry blood away from the heart (to either the body or lungs). Arteries: higher pressure, thicker walls, stretch (pulse) with each heart contraction & deliver blood to the arterioles which control the flow to individual capillaries. Veins are blood vessels which carry blood from capillaries back to the heart (body to right heart; ...Read more
Narrowed arteries: Peripheral artery disease refers to a condition in which your leg arteries become narrowed due to atherosclerosis which limit the blood flow to your legs. It is usually rare in people that are less than 40 years of age but depending on risk factors and family history one can develop it earlier. Can be diagnosed by taking blood pressure at your legs and comparing it to the arms. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Artery Disease Legs: Peripheral artery disease, or "pad" is a blood vessel condition that is usually the result of progressive plaque build-up within the walls of arteries than leads to blockage of blood flow. It can cause leg pain when walking, usually in the calves, pain at rest in the foot or leg, leg numbness or tinlging, coldness or discoloration of the skin, foot or leg ulcers, gangrene, poor healing of wounds. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Peripheral Artery : The symptoms can include pain, numbness, weakness, wounds, gangrene, or slow healing of the affected extremity. The most common early sign is claudication, which is defined as muscle discomfort or cramping brought on by exercise & relieved with rest. Chronic pain in the leg or foot, often a achiness or burning, is also common. Get testing w/ ultrasound or blood pressures of the legs by vascular MD ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Low fat/cholesterol: The development of peripheral arterial disease (pad) is multi-factorial. Diet is one of the many contributing factors. This link gives a good general overview and also has references for more in depth. http://www.livestrong.com/article/335760-diet-for-peripheral-artery-disease/. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Where can I find information about foods that are good and bad if I have peripheral artery disease?
Several family members passed from Peripheral Artery Disease, I am only 24, is it possible to be experiencing symptoms of this now?
Yes but rare: If experiencing symptoms you can get evaluation of circulation by pressure measurements and ultrasound. If family history is strong you should have in depth lipid profile. Best things you can do are not smoke, eat well, and be active, at least 30-40 minutes 4-5 days a week of some type of exercise. Further therapy would be dictated by lab and other test results. ...Read more
With a complete w/u: See your doctor and undergo a complete history and physical exam with a vascular work up if neede. ...Read more
Potentially yes: Peripheral vascular disease causes three levels of symptoms as the disease progresses, 1) claudication; muscle cramping with exercise which also resolves with rest. This is very reproducible 2) rest pain; pain when elevating legs / lying down, 3) tissue loss; foot ulcers / gangrene / non-healing wounds. Pain and numbness are more frequent than heaviness. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Inflammatory Pattern: Peripheral vascular disease refers to the blockage of blood vessels (doesn't include heart or brain vessels). This can happen from atherosclerosis, emboli or clot formation. Vasculitis diseases are a subset of peripheral vascular disease which cause inflammatory destruction of vessels. This can affect large vessels (takayasu's arteritis) and small vessels (buerger's disease). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: No, there is no relationship between Epinephrine and vascular disease. However, Epinephrine does increase peripheral vascular resistance. It does this by causing all the little muscles in the arteries and capillaries to clamp down. This increases someone's blood pressure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Information on peripheral artery disease and agent orange. Is there a connection between agent orange and PAD?
Not proven: Dear Mr. DLow, I might need more time to do a more thorough search for you. So far, I have found more studies associating agent orange with cancer. I found this one: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24137524 I can keep looking but probably the association has not been found to be strong enough. I will keep browsing. I hope this helps. ...Read more
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