Are you concerned about your heart health? Has this long, uninterrupted period of inactivity caused you to worry? Do you believe you’re suffering from some of the risk factors of peripheral artery disease? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you owe it to yourself to schedule a free PAD screening in Kalamazoo today. The team at Advanced Vascular Surgery has a combined 60+ years of experience assisting our clients with PAD screening, education, symptom management, and treatment. Left untreated, peripheral artery disease can lead to a number of harmful, dangerous conditions, including heart attacks, loss of limbs, and strokes. Because of this, it’s highly recommended that anyone exhibiting symptoms or with any of the risk factors request a screening.
But, what are the risk factors and symptoms? If your family has a history of heart disease, obesity, stroke, or diabetes, these can contribute. Additionally, persistent high blood pressure can be a signal that you’re more prone to PAD. Of course, external factors – including regular, heavy smoking – can also contribute to an increased risk.
As far as symptoms go, the most apparent symptoms are pain, cramping, or fatigue. Early on, these symptoms may only be present when you walk or exercise, though eventually they can become persistent regardless of activity level. As symptoms worsen, you may begin experiencing coldness and numbness in your limbs, accompanied by sores on your toes, heels and lower legs.
At Advanced Vascular Surgery, we are committed to offering free PAD screenings in Kalamazoo. Whether you are concerned about your risk factors or are beginning to exhibit symptoms, we’re happy to work with you to schedule an appointment. Of course, if you have any questions – or would like to work out a date and time to visit us – we encourage you to reach out to us today.