Why PAD is Bad, and What You Can Do About It


Unfortunately, peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is not on the minds of many people, and that’s not good. PAD affects more than eight million Americans and it can be treated or lead to a stroke and heart attack.  That’s a lot of ticking time bombs.

PAD occurs when excess cholesterol and other fats circulating in the blood begin to build up in the walls of arteries that supply blood to your limbs. The condition is most often seen in the legs. When arteries narrow and reduce or block blood flow, the risk of heart attack and stroke increases.

Am I at risk?

PAD risk factors overlap with other heart and vascular risk factors. People who have any of the following conditions are more likely to develop PAD:

What are PAD symptoms?

The scary thing about PAD is many people who have it don’t have symptoms. But if you do experience any of the following symptoms, talk with your doctor and be screened for PAD:

Here’s the good news about PAD: Roper St. Francis Healthcare offers a potentially life-saving screening that can identify PAD, so you can get the proper treatment and help prevent a bad outcome like a heart attack or stroke.

If you have any of the above risk factors and/or experience any of these symptoms, get this simple, non-invasive screening that could save your life.

To find out if you qualify or to schedule your PAD screening, call (855) PAD-7697.