How does Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) affect your daily life?

Q: How does Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) affect your daily life?

A: PAD can affect the daily lives of patients in multiple ways. Many people may not know that they have PAD, which is theoretically okay, as they’re not symptomatic regarding their peripheral vascular system. PAD is a really strong risk factor for other problems, including Coronary Artery Disease and Carotid Artery Disease. Coronary Artery Disease can lead to problems with the heart. Carotid Artery Disease can cause complications such as a stroke. While Peripheral Vascular Disease or Peripheral Arterial Disease may be asymptomatic, it is a very strong factor in those other disease processes, which can be life-threatening. Additionally, people that do suffer from PAD may have symptoms including pain upon walking, called claudication. A patient may have even stronger symptoms like pain in their lower extremities while at rest, which can progress to diseases such as non-healing wounds and gangrene. This would be seen as the end stage of Peripheral Arterial Disease.

More videos from the interview with Dr. Herman of the NJ Endovascular and Amputation Prevention as he explains living with Peripheral Arterial Disease:

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