Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)
Peripheral Artery Disease, or PAD, is a progressive disease that is the result of plaque buildup in the arteries that supply blood to the limbs—usually the legs. Plaque can build up inside arteries around the knee or around the shin and calf. PAD is such a serious health condition because it involves your cardiovascular system. Cardiovascular means “having to do with the heart and blood vessels."
PAD affects up to 8.5 million people in the US alone. But studies have shown only about 25% of adults age 50 and older have any awareness of PAD.*
Your cardiovascular system is also known as your circulatory system, and it connects everything from your brain to your toes. Your heart, arteries, veins, and lungs all work together to move nutrients and oxygen-rich blood to every single part of your body. If you have plaque buildup in your legs, there is a high likelihood that it could occur in other arteries of your body, so it’s important to do everything you can to keep your cardiovascular system healthy. If you think you may be suffering from PAD disease, schedule your free vein screening in either San Antonio or El Paso online or call us today at 915-529-0858. Our Abilene center does not yet provide PAD procedures.