Peripheral Arterial Disease
Requires a medical diagnosis
Symptoms may include leg pain, particularly when walking.
People may experience:
Pain areas: in the buttocks
Pain circumstances: can occur in the leg and improved with rest or in the leg while exercising
Skin: cool skin, loss of hair on the legs, thinning of skin on the legs, or ulcers
Consult a doctor for medical advice
Treatment consists of self care and blood thinners
Tobacco cessation, exercise, and a healthy diet are often successful treatments. When these changes aren't enough, medications or surgery can help.
Aerobic activity for 20-30 minutes 5 days a week improves cardiovascular health. If injured, pursuing an activity that avoids the injured muscle group or joint can help maintain physical function while recovering.
Quitting smoking tobacco.
Heart healthy diet
A broad category of diets that reduce fat, sugar, and red meat while increasing fruits, vegetables, white meat, and fish.
- Blood thinners
Helps prevent blood clots from forming or helps dissolve existing clots.
Decreases the liver's production of harmful cholesterol.
Unblocking an artery by inflating a balloon inside it. A stent may also be inserted to hold the artery open.