Clogged Arteries Pose Health Risk
August 31st, 2015
Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine at Weeks Medical Center Recognizes September as Peripheral Arterial Disease Awareness Month
Lancaster, NH: Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a condition that develops when the arteries that supply oxygen-rich blood to the internal organs, arms and legs become completely or partially blocked as a result of atherosclerosis (buildup of plaque). PAD can increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, amputation and possibly death. PAD affects eight to 12 million Americans, which is why September is recognized as PAD Awareness Month.
There are many possible side effects of atherosclerosis including angina and heart attacks if the coronary arteries are involved; strokes and transient ischemic attacks if the carotid and vertebral arteries are involved; and claudication, non-healing leg ulcers and critical limb ischemia if the lower extremity arteries are involved. Chronic toe and foot sores are common in people with PAD, as are cramping, numbness, weakness or heaviness in the leg muscles. Many patients with PAD do not experience symptoms.
“While some with PAD do not experience symptoms, people should be aware of certain factors that put them more at risk,” said D. Scott Covington, MD, FACS, CHWS, chief medical officer for Healogics, Inc., the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services. “Smokers are four times at greater risk, African Americans are more than twice as likely to have PAD, and one in every three people over the age of 50 with diabetes is likely to have the disease.”
The Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine at Weeks Medical Center recommends the following action steps to help manage PAD:
Lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, correcting blood pressure and cholestrol numbers. Smoking, blood pressure, and high cholesterol are major risk factors for the development of PAD. Mangaing these conditions can help improve blood circulation.
Develop healthy eating habits and an exercise plan. Exercise can help increase your circulation and reduce pain in the lower extremities. Walking, hiking, and bike riding are good exercise options. A personal trainer can help tailor a custom workout plan that best fits your needs.
Medications. Always consult your physician about which medications may help PAD and if they are needed.
Special procedures and surgeries. In some severe cases of PAD, surgery may be needed to open arteries that have narrowed. Consult with a physican to see if surgery is a necessary treatment.
For more information about PAD and treating chronic wounds, contact the Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center at Weeks Medical Center at 173 Middle St, Lancaster, NH, or call 603-788-5625.
About Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine at Weeks Medical Center
The Wound Healing Center at Weeks Medical is a comprehensive treatment center providing state of the art care for chronic wounds. The team of wound care professionals includes Dr. Kemp Schanlaber, Dr. Hal Goolman, Dr. Lars Nielson, Dr. Tara Soraghan, Dr. Amber Schmidt, Angelo Vozzella Pa-C, and Anna Linglebach-Lorenz PA-C. The team treats wounds from head to toe using a comprehensive approach to wound management and utilize the latest clinical tools and practices to help facilitate the healing of our patient’s wounds. Treatments may include specialized wound dressings, debridement, compression therapy, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, non-invasive vascular assessment, bio-engineered skin products. For more information please call 603-788-5625 or visit us online at www.weeksmedical.org .
Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., Healogics is the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services. Healogics and its affiliated companies manage nearly 800 Wound Care Centers® in the nation and saw nearly 300,000 patients in 2014 through a connected network of partner hospitals and Wound Care Centers, academic medical centers, and other post‐acute sites. Healogics utilizes an evidence‐based systematic approach to chronic wound healing to treat an underserved and growing patient population. A fund managed by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, a private investment firm, is the majority shareholder of Healogics. For more information, please visit www.healogics.com.