Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) affects approximately 8.5 million people in the United States. PAD causes poor blood circulation to the kidneys, intestines, arms, legs, and feet—leading to tissue and nerve injury or damage. Men and woman are equally affected by PAD; however, veterans are associated with an increased risk.
Comparing Peripheral Vascular Functions of Veterans and Non-Veterans
A U.S. National Library of Medicine study stated that more needs to be done to improve care of veterans with PAD—a substantial proportion of veterans are not prescribed recommended medications, especially statin therapy. Many veterans tend to deal with multiple chronic diseases (one in three veterans has hypertension, one in four has diabetes, and one in four is a smoker), placing them at a higher risk of death and leg amputation.
Additional Risk Factors of Peripheral Arterial Disease in Veterans
- PTSD and its associated risk of cardiovascular disease
- Significant injury to lower extremities and repeated surgeries
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol levels
Ways to Prevent or Improve PAD Symptoms
If you are concerned about the link between veterans and PAD for yourself or a family member, here are a few ways to prevent or improve symptoms:
- Quit smoking
- Exercise regularly with your doctor’s permission
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Take the medication prescribed by your doctor
- Make and attend all doctor’s appointments
- Eat healthier to lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels
Schedule an Appointment with Precision to Learn More
Precision has long been a leader in performing leading-edge procedures to treat vein diseases such as varicose veins, spider veins, DVT, CVI, and PAD/PVD. If you are concerned about PAD, request an appointment with our specialists for an evaluation. Please call us at 214-382-3200 or complete the form below.
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This information is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Prior to starting any new treatment or questions regarding a medical condition, always seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified health provider.