Leg pain when walking at an incline? This could be caused by a dangerous condition known as Peripheral Arterial
Disease (P.A.D.). This disease commonly affects the arteries in the legs.
People with P.A.D. develop plaque in the linning of the arteries. This
plaque can be very hard, like a rock, or soft like french fries. The plaque
that develops will interfere with bloodflow, causing the leg to loose
blood (oxygen). Without proper bloodflow, a person can loose their toes,
feet, and legs all together. It doesn't happen overnight, which is
great because you can prevent the development of P.A.D. by changing your
Peripheral Arterial Disease commonly affects these type of people:
- Age 50 or over
- Current or former smoker: Smoking is more closely related to developing
PAD than any other risk factor. Smoking increases the risk of developing
PAD three to five times
- Diabetes: One in every three people over the age of 50 with diabetes is
likely to have PAD
- High blood cholesterol: Excess cholesterol and fat in your blood contribute
to the formation of plaque in the arteries, reducing or blocking blood
flow to your heart, brain, or limbs
- High blood pressure
- Personal history of vascular disease, heart attack, or stroke: If you have
heart disease, you have a one-in-three chance of also having PAD
- Renal insufficiency
* American Heart Association. Understand Your Risk for PAD, June 2011.
http://www.heart.org. Accessed Nov 2012.
Dr. Scott Hannum, board certified vascular surgeon, has the skill and experience
to carefully remove the excess plaque that has built up over time, and
he is able to reestablish blood flow to the legs, in turn, saving people
from loosing their legs. If you think you or a loved one may have P.A.D.,
you can contact Dr. Hannum's office to schedule a consultation. Dr.
Hannum takes majority of insurance plans and now treats patients using
state of the art devices in an outpatient based facility on Wednesday's.
The beautiful center offers everything you need, it's a comfortable,
family-friendly environment, and allows Dr. Hannum time to spend with
you during your recovery. Transportation is also offered for patients.
Hannum Vascular Lab: 294 Patterson Road, Haines City, FL 33844