By Emile R. Mohler III, Alan T. Hirsch
One in each 20 americans over the age of fifty has peripheral artery ailment, or P.A.D., a illness that has effects on the arteries outdoors the guts. should you or anyone you recognize suffers from this painful and infrequently debilitating , this publication can provide aid and desire. a hundred Questions and solutions approximately Peripheral Artery ailment (P.A.D.) presents transparent, authoritative solutions to universal questions raised by means of sufferers and their households as they navigate the area of P.A.D. well known specialists Drs. Alan Hirsch and Emile Mohler, III have written an available and informative booklet for sufferers who are looking to comprehend their disorder extra essentially. that includes information regarding universal signs, the analysis strategy, treatment plans, and threat elements for similar stipulations reminiscent of atherosclerosis and claudication, this article is a useful assets for a person dealing with the actual and emotional points of P.A.D.
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One or more blockages in the leg arteries may cause reduced blood flow to the working leg muscles. The response of the leg muscle to reduced oxygen is discomfort (claudication). This discomfort is similar to the One way to think of claudication accurately is to consider it similar to the discomfort that affects patients with coronary (heart) artery blockages. QXP 8/19/09 7:31 PM Page 20 100 QUESTIONS & ANSWERS ABOUT PERIPHERAL ARTERY DISEASE Figure 3 Patient with claudication. ) discomfort anyone would feel when the muscles are pushed beyond their capacity to work effectively.
As individuals age, there are many potential causes of leg discomfort, and these other causes may coexist with classic claudication. Some individuals have discomfort from arthritis or other orthopedic or podiatric conditions, neuropathy, gout, etc. Mary’s comment: My symptoms were primarily muscle cramping, and I thought therefore that it was simply leg cramps. QXP 8/19/09 7:31 PM Page 19 100 QUESTIONS & ANSWERS ABOUT PERIPHERAL ARTERY DISEASE Symptoms and Physical Findings of PAD resolve my symptoms by exercising more to try and work the cramp out.
20. Does infection cause PAD? Although some studies have shown the presence of bacteria in cholesterol plaques in leg arteries, the data are unclear as to whether this is an insignificant association or a causative agent. 15 PAD Pathophysiology No, or almost never. Veins do not supply blood to the legs, although they do work to return blood from the legs to the heart. Very rarely, leg veins can be severely blocked due to a large amount of clot (a severe deep vein thrombosis, or DVT), and this blockage of blood out of the leg can impair the heart’s ability to pump blood into the leg.
100 Questions & Answers about Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) by Emile R. Mohler III, Alan T. Hirsch