Peripheral Artery Disease: Podcast

Peripheral artery disease, also known as PAD, is a narrowing and hardening of the arteries that supply blood to the legs and feet. About 8 million Americans are currently living with PAD.

“We’re trying to get to the forefront of a disease that not many people know about,” said. “They think peripheral artery disease means things with your heart, but actually it’s completely the opposite. It’s involving all the blood vessels outside of your heart and your brain.”

According to Santos, symptoms of PAD can include pain or discomfort when you walk, cramping, heaviness, tiredness and aching or wounds on the legs and feet that don’t heal as quickly as they should. Those who suffer from high blood pressure or diabetes are at an increased risk for PAD. The same is true for smokers.

“The majority of the patients with PAD have a gradual worsening of things,” said Santos. “They’ll say I used to be able to walk 5-6 blocks and now I can only walk a block without stopping because my legs hurt.”

PAD can often be managed through diet and lifestyle changes and some medications are available.

Learn more through this podcast edition of “A Better You,” which airs Saturday on KSOO-AM.

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