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Peripheral Artery Disease

When does leg pain mean something more?

When it’s a sign of a bigger problem: PAD, or Peripheral Artery Disease. The pain, weakness and fatigue you’re suffering can lead to non-healing sores, stroke and heart attack. But BDCH is now offering SET PAD, PAD treatment from a trained team of professionals customized to not only relieve your leg pain, but to stop the disease’s progression.
 
Call your physician today to discuss SET PAD: 920-356-6526

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Our team of carefully trained professionals has the experience and the tools to design the custom program that will help you get back to good health. They know every patient is different, and has different goals for recovery, and they always put your needs first.



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Janelle Kartechner
RN – Cardiac Diagnostics

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Tricia DeJager
RN – Cardiac Diagnostics

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Kim Weihert
CEP – Cardiac Rehabilitation


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Anell Schoemann
RN – Cardiac Rehabilitation

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Melicent Knaus
RRT –Pulmonary Rehabilitation/Respiratory Therapy

PAY ATTENTION TO LEG PAIN

Peripheral vascular disease is a sign of fatty deposits and calcium building up in the walls of the arteries (atherosclerosis). Risk factors include aging, diabetes, and smoking.
 
Symptoms may include leg pain, particularly when walking.
 
Tobacco cessation, exercise, and a healthy diet are often successful treatments. When these changes aren't enough, medications or surgery can help.
 
Peripheral artery disease (P.A.D.) affects millions of people in the United States. The major risk factors for P.A.D. are smoking, older age, and having certain diseases or conditions.

 

Call your physician today to discuss SET PAD

920-356-6526

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Additional Peripheral Artery Disease Information

Overview

Blocked blood flow to your legs can cause pain and numbness. It also can raise your risk of getting an infection in the affected limbs. Your body may have a hard time fighting the infection.

If severe enough, blocked blood flow can cause gangrene (tissue death). In very serious cases, this can lead to leg amputation.

If you have leg pain when you walk or climb stairs, talk with your doctor. Sometimes older people think that leg pain is just a symptom of aging. However, the cause of the pain could be P.A.D. Tell your doctor if you're feeling pain in your legs and discuss whether you should be tested for P.A.D.

Smoking is the main risk factor for P.A.D. If you smoke or have a history of smoking, your risk of P.A.D. increases. Other factors, such as age and having certain diseases or conditions, also increase your risk of P.A.D.

Outlook

P.A.D. increases your risk of coronary heart disease, heart attack, stroke, and transient ischemic attack ("mini-stroke"). Although P.A.D. is serious, it's treatable. If you have the disease, see your doctor regularly and treat the underlying atherosclerosis. P.A.D. treatment may slow or stop disease progress and reduce the risk of complications. Treatments include lifestyle changes, medicines, and surgery or procedures. Researchers continue to explore new therapies for P.A.D.

Treatment

Treatments for peripheral artery disease (P.A.D.) include heart-healthy lifestyle changes, medicines, and surgery or procedures.

The overall goals of treating P.A.D. include reducing risk of heart attack and stroke; reducing symptoms of claudication; improving mobility and overall quality of life; and preventing complications. Treatment is based on your signs and symptoms, risk factors, and the results of physical exams and tests.

Treatment may slow or stop the progression of the disease and reduce the risk of complications. Without treatment, P.A.D. may progress, resulting in serious tissue damage in the form of sores or gangrene (tissue death) due to inadequate blood flow. In extreme cases of P.A.D., also referred to as critical limb ischemia (CLI), removal (amputation) of part of the leg or foot may be necessary.

 

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  • Treatment for P.A.D. includes heart-healthy lifestyle changes

 

  • Smoking is the main risk factor for P.A.D.

 

  • If you're feeling pain in your legs, discuss with your doctor whether you should be tested for P.A.D.

 

  • Treatment may slow or stop the progression of the disease

Call your physician today to discuss SET PAD: 920-356-6526

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