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What do you feel is the most important thing for patients to understand about PAD? [Dr. Shams]

Q: What do you feel is the most important thing for patients to understand about PAD?

A: PAD is a very common disease in the United States, particularly in patients who have high blood pressure, diabetes, or coronary artery disease, as well as a history of smoking or high cholesterol. These are risk factors that are very common in a lot of patients. It can be easily diagnosed with what’s called an ankle-brachial index. We measure the blood pressure in the arm and the leg. If the blood pressure in the leg is below the blood pressure in the arm, it is indicative that there’s a blockage somewhere in the blood vessels in the legs. It can be diagnosed and treated relatively easily in the early stages. Once you get to the later stages, it’s much more difficult to treat. Unfortunately, if it’s caught too late, it may end up with tissue loss or amputation. It’s something that people should be aware of, and if they have it, they should get treated.

More videos from the interview with Dr. Shams of the Lower Manhattan Endovascular Center as he explains the warning signs of Peripheral Artery Disease: 

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