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?
Some of the tests your doctor may rely on to diagnose peripheral artery disease are:
• Physical exam.
• Ankle-brachial index (ABI). It compares the blood pressure in your ankle with the blood pressure in your arm.
• Angiography. By injecting a dye (contrast material) into your blood vessels, this test allows your doctor to view blood flow through your arteries as it happens.
• Blood tests. A sample of blood can be used to measure cholesterol and triglycerides and to check for diabetes.
HOW IS PERIPHERAL ARTERIAL DISEASE TREATED?
Treatment of Peripheral Arterial Disease aims at managing symptoms and stop progression of atherosclerosis. Medications that lower cholesterol and lowering blood pressure may be given to patients affected with Peripheral Arterial Disease. Angioplasty and surgery are options to consider for severe cases of Peripheral Arterial Disease
DID YOU KNOW?
In men, Peripheral Arterial Disease can also lead to erectile dysfunction if not treated on time.