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By nick
September 07, 2011
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Peripheral Arterial Disease, also known as P.A.D. is a common circulatory problem in which narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to your legs. These narrowed arteries can be due to artherosclerosis or "hardening of the arteries". The problem occurs when plaque builds up on the walls of the arteries, causing them to become narrower and stiffer, thus reducing blood flow. The American Heart Association’s Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics published in 2004 reports P.A.D. affects at least 8 to 12 million Americans and the prevalence increases with age. Often, the early detection of P.A.D. can be an indication of potential plaque build up in other arteries. If you experience any of the following, it might be in your best interest to have a Doppler/ABI.

Early warning signs are:

1. Calf, thigh, foot, and/or buttock pain with walking, relief after rest

2. Foot sores or leg wounds that do not heal quickly

3. Loss of hair in lower extremities 

4. Formation of gangrene on the leg or foot

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