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Why Does Untreated Peripheral Arterial Disease Lead To Loss Of Leg
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Small risk: As with all surgery, there is some risk. Your exact risk will depend on your comorbidities. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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