The LOVE YOUR LIMBS™ Campaign is about encouraging a sensible lifestyle and maintaining healthy limbs. But it’s also about recognizing symptoms of PAD and CLI, and educating yourself about effective treatment options. Remember, early stages of PAD may not show symptoms, but it’s very real. So it’s important to get regular examinations from your doctor, especially if you are age 50 or older.
This happens while resting. Many diabetics mistake this for neuropathy, or nerve pain. If you are experiencing this pain you should talk to your doctor.
Especially during walking. This is not often a normal sign of aging. It’s called intermittent claudication and can be severe enough to deter walking and can be worse on stairs or going uphill.
If you have these sensations, it can be an early warning sign.
This is a patch of skin, or several patches or specific areas of the foot or leg, that feel cooler to the touch.
Sores on feet in patients with Type 1 or 2 diabetes. Untreated sores can become infected, leaving a wound that is red, warm, and painful.
Loss of nourishing blood flow to your legs and feet may result in loss of hair in those areas.
Sores, or ulcers, are ruptures of the skin. PAD can be accompanied by pressure ulcers and diabetic ulcers.
When limb tissues no longer receive adequate blood flow due to arterial blockage, gangrene (black dead tissue) can occur.
You can have PAD without having symptoms - at least in the early stages. This is because your body creates small arteries that “re-route” blood around the affected vessel. But the body can only do so much. Unfortunately, untreated PAD puts you at high risk for a heart attack or stroke and you are more likely to die from coronary artery disease if you have PAD compared to those who don’t 3. So please, LOVE YOUR LIMBS™. If you believe you have any symptoms mentioned above, or have reached the age of 50, talk to your health professional about PAD.
Unfortunately, PAD cannot be cured. Medical treatment and a healthy lifestyle can help improve blood flow and help keep the disease from getting worse. Taking action against PAD and CLI (critical limb ischemia) while these conditions are still manageable may help reduce leg pain and the risk of serious complications, including the risk of amputation, heart attack, stroke, and cardiovascular disease. That’s great news for you and your loved ones.
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These three words have the power to change lives. Between 8 to 10 million Americans are estimated to suffer from poor blood flow to the arms, legs and feet potentially leading to vascular disease, amputation or worse. Are you, or someone you know, suffering from Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)? Do you have pain in your legs when you walk at night, or even when resting? Do not ignore it. These warning signs are real and it’s time to get real help. Welcome to the LOVE YOUR LIMBS™ Campaign, by Bard Peripheral Vascular.