Did You Know . . .
PAD affects between 12 and 20 million people in the United States. However, less than five percent of those patients have been diagnosed because many patients do not experience symptoms until the disease process is far advanced. failure to treat those with PAD can lead to serious, and sometimes fatal, complications such as stroke, aneurysm rupture, difficulty walking with pain, non-healing wounds, limb loss and even death.
Patients at risk for these vascular diseases include those with age greater than fifty, a history of smoking, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, renal failure, and a family history of vascular disease. If diagnosed early, serious complications may be avoided by modifying risk factors, medical therapy or by appropriate vascular specialist intervention. Simple measures such as diet, weight loss, smoking cessation, blood pressure control, cholesterol/lipid control and glucose control in diabetes can stabilize and even reverse some of these disease processes.