Johnston Health recently provided free screenings for peripheral artery disease for our community. Over 100 people showed up to be tested, and our doctors and staff from the cardiology department worked all day to perform screenings and give treatment advice. If you missed the screenings but think you may have peripheral artery disease, make an appointment with your doctor to be checked.
What Is Peripheral Artery Disease?
As we get older, many people experience leg pain that they identify simply as a sign of aging. Others experience leg pain due to common conditions like arthritis and sciatica. Many people have trouble distinguishing these common joint pains from the muscle pain caused by peripheral artery disease. Many people have never heard of this disease so they don’t even realize that they should be screened for it.
Peripheral artery disease is a narrowing or hardening of the peripheral arteries, usually in the leg, that causes a buildup of plaque which restricts blood flow. This restricted blood flow causes leg pain, particularly during physical activity, and makes it hard to perform every day functions.
View the infographic below to find out all the symptoms of peripheral artery disease as well as the treatment options. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms, schedule an appointment with your doctor right away.