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Is peripheral arterial disease always life threatening?

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Dr. Sendhil Subramanian
Radiology - Interventional
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In brief: Not always

PAD is typically not life threatening.
Can cause pain when walking or pain at rest. However with severe pain and or ulcers and foot and toe discoloration this can be significant and progress the significant complications.

In brief: Not always

PAD is typically not life threatening.
Can cause pain when walking or pain at rest. However with severe pain and or ulcers and foot and toe discoloration this can be significant and progress the significant complications.
Dr. Sendhil Subramanian
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Dr. Charles Talakkottur
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Can be

There is a blockage in the blood flow feeding your limbs which carries the oxygen and ultimately your tissues can die because they are starved of the proper blood flow and oxygen necessary for normal life.
It is important to diagnose early and modify any potential risks contributing to it such as quitting tobacco use.

In brief: Can be

There is a blockage in the blood flow feeding your limbs which carries the oxygen and ultimately your tissues can die because they are starved of the proper blood flow and oxygen necessary for normal life.
It is important to diagnose early and modify any potential risks contributing to it such as quitting tobacco use.
Dr. Charles Talakkottur
Dr. Charles Talakkottur
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Dr. Gabriel Goren
Well, it could be life threatening as the same atherosclerosis that exist in the peripheral arteries do exist in the carotid arteries and coronary arteries so lethal strokes and heart attacks could coexist...
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