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By Emile R. Mohler III, Alan T. Hirsch

One in each 20 americans over the age of fifty has peripheral artery sickness, or P.A.D., a illness that has effects on the arteries outdoors the guts. for those who or an individual you recognize suffers from this painful and infrequently debilitating , this booklet can provide aid and wish. a hundred Questions and solutions approximately Peripheral Artery disorder (P.A.D.) presents transparent, authoritative solutions to universal questions raised via sufferers and their households as they navigate the realm of P.A.D. popular specialists Drs. Alan Hirsch and Emile Mohler, III have written an obtainable and informative ebook for sufferers who are looking to comprehend their ailment extra essentially. that includes information regarding universal indicators, the analysis method, remedies, and chance elements for comparable stipulations akin to atherosclerosis and claudication, this article is a useful assets for somebody dealing with the actual and emotional facets of P.A.D.

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QXP 8/19/09 7:31 PM Page 23 100 QUESTIONS & ANSWERS ABOUT PERIPHERAL ARTERY DISEASE Symptoms and Physical Findings of PAD 28. Can the arteries in my arms get blockages like those in leg arteries and cause pain? Yes, cholesterol plaque can build up in your arm arteries and cause poor circulation and pain with exercise of the upper extremity. The pain typically involves a muscle of the arm and occurs after repeated movement; thus it is called arm claudication. The artery most commonly affected is the subclavian artery in the shoulder region.

As many as 1 in 20 adults over age 50 years and 1 in 4 adults over age 70 years are likely to be affected by PAD. This disease affects both men and women and is more common in individuals with diabetes, those who have a history of past or current smoking, and/or those who are exposed to other common atherosclerosis risk factors, such as hypertension (high blood pressure). Because these risk factors are also common, PAD is known to affect at least one adult in nearly every family. PAD is more common in African Americans.

QXP 8/19/09 7:31 PM Page 15 100 QUESTIONS & ANSWERS ABOUT PERIPHERAL ARTERY DISEASE 18. Can a blocked vein cause PAD? 19. Do varicose veins cause PAD? No. Varicose veins are dilated veins. As veins dilate, they can be associated with discomfort if they are irritated (inflamed) or are under high pressure. Also, individuals with varicose veins can feel “heaviness” in their legs as the day passes or with prolonged standing. But, varicose veins do not cause PAD, and the discomfort of these veins is different than that of PAD.

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