Does leg pain slow you down?
Peripheral arterial disease — or PAD — could be the cause. Watch this short video to learn more, and take a screening assessment of your risk for PAD.
Arteries are blood vessels that carry oxygen-rich blood throughout your body. PAD describes blocked arteries outside of the heart. It is a buildup of plaque in the walls of arteries, which limits or stops the flow of blood to your limbs. PAD is most commonly seen in the legs.
Could PAD be the cause of your discomfort?
If blood cannot reach your feet, it may cause pain while walking, and cause damage to the skin and muscles in your legs and feet. PAD also puts you at greater risk of stroke or heart attack.1,2
Up to 50% have no recognized symptoms and may progress right to severe disease.1,4
Have your doctor check your feet for signs of PAD. If PAD is suspected, you may be referred to a specialist for further assessment.
The goal with PAD treatment is to return the flow of blood to the legs and feet. Your doctor will determine what treatment options are best for you.
Artery before and after treatment
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