Peripheral Arterial Disease Symptoms Treatments
The road to a healthier life begins righthere, from one of America's most respected names in medicine: Henry Ford Health System.This is Healthy Living at Henry Ford West Bloomfield . Hi, Jimmy Rhoades herewith Nicole Kennedy, who's a vascular surgeon here at Henry Ford West Bloomfield .And Kennedy, I hear this term PAD but I don't know what it is. What is it, and whogets it? Jimmy, PAD stands for Peripheral Arterial Disease, that's hardening of thearteries or blockages in the blood vessels that go from the heart down to the toes. Anyonecan get it, it usually builds up over many years. People who are especially at risk arepeople with heart disease and risk of stroke.
Okay, and we have a question from our audiencego ahead. Yes, sometimes when I'm walking my legs cramp, do you think I have PAD? It'spossible. We treat something called claudication, that's cramping in the legs that occurs afteryou've walked a certain distance, feels better after you rest for a few minutes. That canbe a hallmark of PAD and you should see your about it. What can we do to preventPAD? Taking your medications, following with your , exercise, avoiding smoking, doingthe right things. Okay, general health. And what about treatment once you have it? Itcan be from a very simple medication all the way to a surgical procedure involving balloonsand wires, sometimes even an open bypass surgery.
Okay, and they need to consult with someonelike you to find that out. We're here for that. Okay, fantastic. You can find out awhole lot more by visiting the website. Go to wxyz henryford. , thank you so much.For more on today's Healthy Living from Henry Ford West Bloomfield , go to wxyz henryford.