By Emile R. Mohler III, Alan T. Hirsch
One in each 20 americans over the age of fifty has peripheral artery affliction, or P.A.D., a ailment that is affecting the arteries outdoors the guts. in case you or an individual you recognize suffers from this painful and infrequently debilitating situation, this publication can supply aid and desire. a hundred Questions and solutions approximately Peripheral Artery ailment (P.A.D.) presents transparent, authoritative solutions to universal questions raised via sufferers and their households as they navigate the area of P.A.D. popular specialists Drs. Alan Hirsch and Emile Mohler, III have written an available and informative booklet for sufferers who are looking to comprehend their sickness extra essentially. that includes information regarding universal indicators, the analysis approach, remedies, and danger elements for comparable stipulations similar to atherosclerosis and claudication, this article is a useful assets for an individual dealing with the actual and emotional facets of P.A.D.
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QXP 8/19/09 7:31 PM Page 14 100 QUESTIONS & ANSWERS ABOUT PERIPHERAL ARTERY DISEASE Gangrene When tissue dies due to lack of blood flow. Gangrene is a sign of severe PAD, and if blood flow is not improved immediately, amputation may be required. Critical limb ischemia (CLI) One of the most severe manifestations of PAD in which the blood flow to the legs and feet is decreased to the point where there is pain, even at rest, wounds do not heal promptly, and tissue death (or “gangrene”) occurs. Without prompt treatment, amputation may be necessary.
For these individuals, an MRA (see Question 36) or CTA (see Question 38) may be needed to provide this more detailed information. There is no known risk to using ultrasound to map artery size or to measure blood flow. 35. What is transcutaneous oximetry? One major challenge for some patients with severe PAD is to determine if a foot or ankle skin wound has adequate blood flow to heal. There are few medical challenges more debilitating and frustrating than the pain, topical care, and impaired freedom to walk associated with many months of care for a nonhealing wound.
PAD can also be caused, much less frequently, by other illnesses that can lead to artery blockage. Such illnesses can occur when clots develop in the artery itself (thrombosis) or when clots travel from the heart to a more distant artery (embolism). Other diseases that can block leg arteries include fibromuscular dysplasia, thromboangiitis obliterans (also called Buerger’s disease), popliteal adventitial cysts, arterial entrapment syndrome, large vessel arteritis (inflammation of blood vessel), as well as other even rarer disorders.
100 Questions & Answers about Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) by Emile R. Mohler III, Alan T. Hirsch