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Leg Pain? – 75% of People Don’t Know They Have P.A.D.

A graphic for the PAD article showing a person walking with knee and a sore knee

Are you over 50? Do you frequently have leg pain? Are your feet often cold or discolored? Do you have diabetes? Are you a smoker?


Leg Pain May Be a Sign You Have PAD

If you answered “yes” to any or all of the above questions, you might be at risk for—or have—Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD).

PAD can lead to some pretty serious health concerns if left untreated. We want to urge you to consider getting screened by a doctor. The test only takes 15 minutes!

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An infographic showing the different elements of PAD discussed in the article

If you want to learn even more about PAD, check out this video.

No physician referral is needed to schedule a PAD appointment with UVA Interventional Radiology. To schedule an appointment with Dr.Fritz Angle or Dr. Luke Wilkins, call 434-924-9401. 

Infographic Text: Peripheral Arterial Disease
What is PAD?
    • PAD occurs when fatty deposits build up in the arteries and block blood flow, similar to carotid artery disease (CAD).
  • PAD is different from CAD because it affects arteries leading from the legs and arms instead of the heart and brain.
Symptoms
    • Pain, numbness, or weakness in legs
    • Ulcers or sores on leg or foot that won’t heal
    • Cold legs or feet
    • Aching pain in feet or toes while at rest
  • Skin color changes in legs or feet
Who suffers?
    • 8-12 million Americans suffer from PAD
  • 20% of adults over the age of 65 suffer from PAD (is this what that graphic is showing?)
Common Risk Factors
    • History of smoking
    • Age 65 and older
    • Lack of exercise
    • High cholesterol
  • Obesity
Screening for PAD
  • Screening for PAD is easy. We simply ask a few questions and take your blood pressure in both arms and legs. If the pressure is lower in your legs, this could be a sign of PAD. We’ll refer you to your primary care doctor for further testing.
Why Screen?
  • PAD can lead to serious health concerns like poor circulation in the legs, gangrene, heart attack, or stroke. An estimated 25% of men over the age of 50 are living with PAD but don’t know it. Men are more affected by PAD than women.
Treatment Options
    • Many PAD symptoms can be controlled by making moderate lifestyle changes. For those with more serious conditions, angioplasty is one of several options.
  • Angioplasty is a minimally invasive procedure where and Interventional Radiologist uses a catheter to inflate a small balloon within your arteries to widen them.
Reduce Your Risk
  • Exercise regularly, quit smoking, eat healthy, and lose weight.

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