What is Peripheral artery disease (PAD)?
Peripheral artery disease is also termed as peripheral arterial disease or peripheral vascular disease. PAD is a circulatory problem when due to the narrowing of peripheral arteries the blood flow to the legs, stomach, arms and head is reduced. PAD mostly affects the arteries of the. . . .+
Peripheral arterial disease or PAD is also known as peripheral vascular disease (PVD). It is a circulatory problem in which the peripheral arteries become narrow and are unable to supply oxygenated blood to the limbs, particularly the legs. The condition results in extreme pain and weakening of the organ where the blood supply is reduced. In severe cases, the peripheral arterial disease may result in heart attack and strokes. PAD is the most common circulatory condition in African-Americans. Men are affected by this condition more than women.
The heart is a muscular organ about the size of a closed fist that functions as our body’s circulatory pump. It takes in deoxygenated blood through the veins and delivers it to the lungs for oxygenation and then pumps this oxygenated blood into the arteries.
The main artery in leg is femoral artery which helps in the circulation of blood from thigh to toe tissues of the leg. Other known arteries in leg are popliteal artery, anterior tibial artery, posterior tibial artery, fibular (peroneal) artery, etc. Blockage of artery in leg leads to pain or cramps or weakness. It can be treated through medicines or surgery depending upon the severity.
Claudication is sometimes considered a disease, but it not a disease. It is a symptom of certain diseases, mainly peripheral artery disease. Claudication is a serious blood circulation problem in which the vessels that supply blood flow to the legs or arms of a person are narrowed. Read about treatment, diagnosis, and symptoms of claudication pain.