Leg pain when walking at an incline? This could be caused by a dangerous condition known as Peripheral Arterial Disease (P.A.D.). This disease commonly affects the arteries in the legs. People with P.A.D. develop plaque in the linning of the arteries. This plaque can be very hard, like a rock, or soft like french fries. The plaque that develops will interfere with bloodflow, causing the leg to loose blood (oxygen). Without proper bloodflow, a person can loose their toes, feet, and legs all together. It doesn’t happen overnight, which is great because you can prevent the development of P.A.D. by changing your lifestyle!!
Peripheral Arterial Disease commonly affects these type of people:
- Age 50 or over
- Current or former smoker: Smoking is more closely related to developing PAD than any other risk factor. Smoking increases the risk of developing PAD three to five times
- Diabetes: One in every three people over the age of 50 with diabetes is likely to have PAD
- High blood cholesterol: Excess cholesterol and fat in your blood contribute to the formation of plaque in the arteries, reducing or blocking blood flow to your heart, brain, or limbs
- High blood pressure
- Personal history of vascular disease, heart attack, or stroke: If you have heart disease, you have a one-in-three chance of also having PAD
- Renal insufficiency
* American Heart Association. Understand Your Risk for PAD, June 2011. Available at: http://www.heart.org. Accessed Nov 2012.
Dr. Scott Hannum, board certified vascular surgeon, has the skill and experience to carefully remove the excess plaque that has built up over time, and he is able to reestablish blood flow to the legs, in turn, saving people from loosing their legs. If you think you or a loved one may have P.A.D., you can contact Dr. Hannum’s office to schedule a consultation. Dr. Hannum takes majority of insurance plans and now treats patients using state of the art devices in an outpatient based facility on Wednesday’s. The beautiful center offers everything you need, it’s a comfortable, family-friendly environment, and allows Dr. Hannum time to spend with you during your recovery. Transportation is also offered for patients. Hannum Vascular Lab: 294 Patterson Road, Haines City, FL 33844