Types of Peripheral Artery Disease (P.A.D)

Peripheral Artery Disease (P.A.D) can be asymptomatic, but it is still a problem; symptomatic, also called claudication, where patients have pain when walking, typically in calves; and Critical Limb Ischemia, where patients present tissue loss and they are at high risk for amputation.

Dr. Ashok Mittal, Cardiovascular Specialist with Miami Cardiac and Vascular Institute, explains at rest people do not need increase of the blood flow, but when they are walking, the muscles need more blood and if there is narrowing of the arteries the blood flow cannot increase according to the demand of the muscle and that is why people feel pain.

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