By Emile R. Mohler III, Alan T. Hirsch
One in each 20 americans over the age of fifty has peripheral artery illness, or P.A.D., a sickness that is affecting the arteries outdoor the guts. in case you or somebody you recognize suffers from this painful and infrequently debilitating , this publication can provide aid and desire. a hundred Questions and solutions approximately Peripheral Artery sickness (P.A.D.) offers transparent, authoritative solutions to universal questions raised by way of sufferers and their households as they navigate the area of P.A.D. well known specialists Drs. Alan Hirsch and Emile Mohler, III have written an available and informative booklet for sufferers who are looking to comprehend their sickness extra sincerely. that includes information regarding universal signs, the prognosis technique, healing procedures, and threat components for comparable stipulations resembling atherosclerosis and claudication, this article is a useful assets for someone dealing with the actual and emotional facets of P.A.D.
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Extra info for 100 Questions & Answers about Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)
4. Does PAD affect as many women as it does men? Yes, PAD is equally common in women as in men (or perhaps even more common). Years ago, PAD was thought to be more common in men, but this is likely because the peak incidence of PAD occurs 5 to 10 years later in life in women. PAD rates rise steeply in women after menopause, but PAD can also occur in young women, especially those who smoke and/or have high blood cholesterol (PAD can also occur in young men). Since men have a shorter life span than women, more women ultimately survive to suffer from PAD.
29 PAD Diagnosis diabetes, treatment with immunosuppressive medications for organ transplants, and other reasons. 30, and such values are not normal. For these individuals, an alternative PAD test should be considered (such as a toe-brachial index test or a duplex arterial ultrasound test, as discussed in Question 34). QXP 8/19/09 7:31 PM Page 30 100 QUESTIONS & ANSWERS ABOUT PERIPHERAL ARTERY DISEASE 33. What is an exercise ABI stress test? ” Yet, since the main function of the legs is, in fact, to walk and because we all feel discomfort differently, it can be extremely challenging for individuals (or their spouses or family members) or their physicians to accurately know the degree of impairment that exists by a casual office discussion alone.
QXP 8/19/09 7:31 PM Page 3 Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is defined as the broad group of disorders that affects any artery other than those that supply the heart itself. In most common usage, PAD implies disease of the arteries that supply the legs, as most recognized illness occurs in these vessels (Figure 1). Lower extremity PAD is most commonly caused by atherosclerosis, and refers to blockage of the inner lining of an artery by fatty deposits, resulting in poor perfusion of the skin, muscles, and limb.
100 Questions & Answers about Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) by Emile R. Mohler III, Alan T. Hirsch