PERIPHERAL ARTERIAL DISEASE
Did you know that...
Arteries can slowly become narrowed and then blocked as a consequence of age, smoking, high cholesterol, or diabetes. Less blood reaching the muscles make them hurt, like a heart attack makes the heart hurt. It's known by many names - peripheral arterial disease, atherosclerosis, claudication, hardening of the arteries, or just poor circulation. Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) becomes increasingly common with age. An estimated 12-17% of the population over age 50 hads peripheral arterial disease. A higher risk of death has been well documented in patients with PAD, a disease that is strongly associated with coronary artery disease and that shares many of the same risk factors. Although only a small number of individuals with PAD and intermittent claudication develop skin breakdown or limb loss, pain, and associated disability often restrict movement and
the overall quality of life. People at increased risk for PAD include cigarette smokers and people with diabetes mellitus or hypertension. Diabetic peripheral arterial disease is responsible for about 50% of all amputations.
Leg pain isn't a part of growing old. Don't ignore it!
CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR IF:
- You have cramping in your legs
- You are over 50
- You have high cholesterol and smoke
- You have diabetes
- You have heart disease
PIMA HEART VASCULAR SCREENING
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- Aortic Aneurysnm screening
- Carotid Artery Disease Screening
- Lowe Extremity Circulation Screening
- Venous Reflux Screening
- Full Screening Package
CAROTID ARTERY DISEASE
Did you know that...
Stroke is the third largest cause of death in America today. It is also the leading cause of severe disability. People over 55 years old are more likely to have a stroke, and the risk gets greater as you get older.
Signs of stroke:
- Suddenly feel weak in an arm, hand, or leg
- Can't feel one side of face or body
- Suddenly can't see out of one eye
- Suddenly have a hard time walking
- Can't understand what someone is saying
- Feel dizzy or lose balance
- Have the worst headache you've ever had
What is Cholesterol?
- It's a soft, fat-like substance that's found in your body's cells
- Your body makes some cholesterol
- It is also found in certain animal-based foods
What are Triglycerides?
- They are fat, in chemical terms
- They are often found in people who have high cholesterol levels and heart problems
What are Fats?
- Saturated fat is the kind that raises blood cholesterol, so it's not good for you. Avoid animal fats like butter.
- Polyunsaturated fats are found in vegetable oils and fish oils. These tend to lower blood cholesterol.
- Monounsaturated fats are in olive, canola, peanut, sunflower, and safflower oils. In a low-fat diet, they may lower blood cholesterol.