EARLY DETECTION SAVES LIMBS AND LIVES
When it comes to Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD), evidence-based medicine shows the importance of identifying the disease in the early stages. Some of the signs may include slow or non-healing foot or leg sores, early signs of gangrene (blackened toes), and pain when walking that subsides at rest. 40% of individuals will experience no pain but may have signs of muscle atrophy and discoloration of the lower extremities. The CDC states that close to 8.5 million people in the US alone have PAD, and 12-20% of those individuals are age 60 or older. Undergoing yearly screenings is a great way to detect the disease early. If a patient is positive for PAD, we can then provide minimally invasive treatment options, and ultimately prevent limb amputation!