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Are You at Risk for Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)?

Do you sometimes have pain when you walk that gets better when you rest? It could be a sign of Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD), a condition that results from poor circulation.

The causes of Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) are similar to the causes of heart disease. The difference is that PAD is related to the blood vessels in your legs and feet. When an artery that supplies blood to your legs or feet is clogged by plaque, the blood flow is reduced, and your cells don’t receive the oxygen they need. Sometimes there are no symptoms in the early stages of PAD, but there are some common symptoms that can indicate PAD as it progresses.

Common PAD Symptoms

Leg pain

  • You may get cramps in your legs, or they may feel tired or heavy. The pain may disturb your sleep.

Cuts or sores that won’t heal

  • Blood flow delivers the oxygen your cells need to heal wounds. With reduced blood flow, wounds heal very slowly or sometimes not at all.

Cold feet

  • Blood flow warms your body. When it’s reduced, body temperature drops in the affected area.

Pale, discolored or blue skin on toes or feet

  • Blood flow also brings healthy color to your skin. When it’s reduced, the skin color changes.

Changes in toenails

  • Your toenails may be thick, yellow or not growing.

If you have any of these symptoms and you’re wondering whether PAD is the cause, CDI - DeSoto can provide answers. We conduct simple, painless screenings to diagnose PAD. The board-certified, subspecialized radiologists have successfully treated PAD using less-invasive procedures such as angioplasty, atherectomy and stents.

When PAD is diagnosed early, these non-invasive procedures can bring relief and prevent more serious health conditions. Ask your doctor about your risk for PAD.

Center for Diagnostic Imaging centers in the Dallas/Fort Worth area are operated by Methodist CDI, a Texas non-profit corporation, and are staffed by independently practicing physicians who are contracted by Methodist CDI. The physicians and staff who provide services at the imaging centers are not employees or agents of Methodist Health System or any of its affiliated hospitals.