MIMIT Health | We are Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Specialists
Each year 160,000 - 180,000 Americans undergo amputation of a limb as a result of complications associated with peripheral artery disease (PAD).
A staggering 18 million Americans suffer from this potentially life-threatening disease where plaque, like calcium, builds up along blood vessel walls, narrowing the arteries and reducing blood flow to the legs and feet.
Of those suffering from PAD, up to 3.5 million have progressed to critical limb ischemia (CLI), the most severe and deadly form of PAD, where the blood vessels become dangerously narrow, leading to rest pain, ulcers, and gangrene. If left untreated many of these cases will lead to major amputation.
CLI is a very complex disease. It takes a dedicated group of health care professionals, including wound care specialists, infectious disease specialists, podiatry, and vascular specialists working co-operatively to treat all facets of this debilitating disease.
The risk for developing PAD rises with age and is highest for those over 50 years old. Smoking, the single greatest risk factor, increases the chance of developing PAD three to five times. But other common risk factors include diabetes, high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol levels, and heart disease. And symptoms of PAD can often be overlooked by those suffering from the disease, which may allow the disease to progress to a more severe state before it is diagnosed. The most common symptoms are leg pain, leg muscle fatigue, coldness or numbness in the lower legs and feet or leg cramps.
MIMIT Health is committed to providing the most advanced treatment options in a dedicated focus to saving limbs and saving lives.
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