A commonly occurring condition, Peripheral Arterial Disease is defined as the problem of narrowed arteries, which in turn reduces blood flow to your limbs. Usually there are no associated symptoms of this disease but a lot of people experience sharp and shooting pain in their legs. Some can also experience in change of leg colour, sores on toes and feet and shiny skin on legs.
HOW IS PERIPHERAL ARTERIAL DISEASE DIAGNOSED?
A General Physician/Cardiologist diagnoses Peripheral Arterial Disease by using the ankle-brachial index which compares the blood pressure in the arm to the blood pressure in the ankle. In certain cases, the doctor may conduct Magnetic Resonance Angiography or a Doppler Ultrasound to diagnose Peripheral Arterial Disease.
HOW IS PERIPHERAL ARTERIAL DISEASE TREATED?
Treatment for Peripheral Arterial Disease includes use of medications to lower cholesterol and also NSAIDs to manage the pain. Besides this, patients are given rehabilitation exercises and physiotherapy to ease the symptoms and pain. In some cases, angioplasty and similar surgeries are done to treat the problem.
DID YOU KNOW?
In men, Peripheral Arterial Disease can also lead to erectile dysfunction if not treated on time.