PAD Prevention and Treatment
It is estimated that peripheral artery disease (PAD) affects approximately 10 million Americans and nearly 20 percent of individuals older than 70. The most common manifestation is pain in the legs when walking, which is known as claudication. The presence of PAD confers a five-fold risk of heart attack and stroke to the affected individual, the reason for the increased mortality in patients with PAD. An even more serious form of PAD is known as critical limb ischemia (CLI), which involves multiple blockages in the leg arteries, resulting in a severe reduction in blood flow to the foot. Diabetics are most susceptible to CLI, which can lead to limb amputation if not properly treated and a 25 percent risk of death within a year, according to American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association guidelines.
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