PAD or peripheral artery disease is symbolized with pain in the extremities, cramps and fatigue while walking. According to the American Heart Association, this health issue may worsen if it is not treated on time. If you experience these symptoms, you should consult a doctor immediately.

The American Heart Association claims that this health issue leads to peripheral arteries in the legs, arms, head and the stomach. However, it mainly occurs in the legs.

The peripheral artery disease is usually cased by atherosclerosis, which in turn clogs the arteries. People, who suffer from peripheral artery diseases, have increased risk of heart attacks or strokes.


• Diabetes
• Overweight
• Inactivity
• Smoking
• Hypertension
• High cholesterol


• Low pulse in the legs
• Hair loss on the legs
• Shiny skin
• Wounds that heal slowly
• Burning sensation
• Numbness
• Pain in the legs after workout, which is soothes after taking a rest
• One body part is cooler than the other one


Usually doctors misdiagnose PAD with other health issues. However, it can be diagnosed with ankle-brachial index, which compares the pressure of the upper arm with the pressure of the feet. Moreover, doctors can do test, such as: MRI, CT scan, or angiography for more complicated cases. It can show where the blockage is located.


The American Heart Association claims that Peripheral artery disease can be prevented if it is diagnosed early.

People should make some life changes, including:

• Avoid smoking
• Healthy diet
• Regular training
• Taking medications for high cholesterol and blood pressure

The prevention and treatment of peripheral diseases are totally different things. In order to prevent it, you should do regular exercising, avoid smoking, consume healthy food, and regulate the cholesterol level and blood pressure level.

Several patients underwent angioplasty. However, it is not an invasive surgery; it only opens the clogged artery and puts in a stent.