News: September 2011

SEPTEMBER 2011

September is peripheral arterial disease awareness month!

Peripheral arterial disease also known as PAD; is a common, yet serious disease that raises the risk of heart attack and stroke. PAD develops when arteries in your legs become clogged with plaques which are fatty deposits that limit blood flow to your legs. Just like clogged arteries in the heart, clogged arteries in the legs raise your risk for heart attack or stroke. PAD affects 8 to 12 million people in the United States, especially those over age 50.

PAD does not always cause symptoms, so many people may have PAD and not know it. People who do experience symptoms, such as pain or cramping in the legs, often do not report them, believing they are a natural part of aging or due to another cause.

September is peripheral arterial disease awareness month!