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Why does untreated peripheral arterial disease lead to loss of leg?

Why does untreated peripheral arterial disease lead to loss of leg?

PAD Leg Loss: Without the ability for blood to travel in the arteries to supply oxygen to the tissues of the distal leg, those tissues become at risk for tissue death. With tissue death, there will be loss of limb. ...Read more

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Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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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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Do you have to amputate your legs if you have untreated peripheral arterial disease?

Do you have to amputate your legs if you have untreated peripheral arterial disease?

Possibility: If tissue dies or severely infected, amputation can be life-saving. In completely uncontrolled pad, it is very, very common, especially if uncontrolled diabetes and tobacco use. To treat, stop smoking, control diabetes. May be given blood thinners or blood vessel dilators. Artery bypass may be also recommended. See a vascular surgeon for treatment options. ...Read more

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Does peripheral arterial disease always start in the legs?

Not always: Pad can technically refer to any arterial disease outside the aorta or coronary vasculature. It is frequently in the legs, but also commonly in the carotid arteries, and sometimes in the arteries of the arms or stomach organs. The last two are rarer. Pad is important because the underlying process that causes arterial blockages is essentially the same no matter which arteries are involved. ...Read more

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How deadly is leg bypass surgery due to peripheral arterial disease?

How deadly is leg bypass surgery due to peripheral arterial disease?

Small risk: As with all surgery, there is some risk. Your exact risk will depend on your comorbidities. ...Read more

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Can peripheral arterial disease stop hurting my leg for a certain period of time?

PAD is a range: Many people have pad but it doesn't always produce symptoms. At its earliest stages pad can cause a cramping or tightness of the legs with walking, and this is called "intermittent claudication." when you rest the cramping/tightness usually goes away. At more advanced stages of pad symptoms can be present all the time, and this is called "ischemic rest pain." this is present regardless of activity. ...Read more

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How risky is leg bypass surgery due to peripheral arterial disease?

Risk vs Benefit: There is risk with all surgeries even those done with wires manipulated through the arteries (angiography/angioplasty). In experienced hands, these risks are minimal. However, pad if untreated can lead to severe pain, open ischemic ulcers, gangrene and loss of your limb. Given the choice, if you are having symptoms, then treatment is safer than waiting. ...Read more

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How dangerous can leg bypass surgery be due to peripheral arterial disease?

PVD : Patients who need arterial bypass for PVD usually have coronary artery disease, hypertension and often diabetes. This combination or individually raises the risk of any surgery. When we do PVD surgery it is usually because a limb is threatened, saving a limb is a pretty prominent benefit in most people's risk/benefit equation. ...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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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