PAD is a Peripheral Artery Disease caused by a narrowing or blockage of the blood vessels (arteries) that carry blood from the heart to the rest of your body. PAD is caused mainly by blockages that reduce blood flow to your legs or even complete loss of blood circulation, which can cause body tissues to die. When tissues die, gangrene can lead to amputation of the affected body parts if it goes untreated.
The most common symptoms of PAD are:
Unfortunately, a person does not have symptoms until the artery has narrowed by 60% or more.
You can’t do anything about some of the factors that increase your risk of PAD. A person’s age and family history of the disease are not within your control, but there are many risk factors that a person can control and change before the disease develops.
Are you at risk for PAD? Early detection using preventative screenings offered by Emsite will allow you to make lifestyle changes to prevent or slow down any early detections of PAD. Emsite Health offers these screenings in-house, which is more convenient for the patients. This test can provide you with the peace of mind that if there are any signs of early PAD, you have time to make those critical lifestyle changes necessary. Please contact Emsite to set up an appointment if you feel PAD is a risk for you or your loved one.