Peripheral Artery Disease

TAKE A STAND AGAINST AMPUTATION!Peripheral arterial disease, also known as PAD, affects 18 million Americans. Left untreated, PAD can lead to amputation. 1 in 20 Americans over the age of 50 suffer from PAD while 1 in 3 Americans over the age of 50 who have diabetes suffer from PAD. Each year there are more than 160,000 amputations performed in the US alone as a direct result of PAD. Many of these amputations could be prevented with early detection and proactive care. This is our goal at Georgia Vascular & Interventional. Dr. Shirey wants to lower the amputation rate, as well as the surgical bypass rate, here in Griffin and surrounding areas.

RISK FACTORS include smoking or a history of smoking, diabetes, high cholesterol, decreased kidney function, high blood pressure, and being older than 50.

COMMON SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS include constant leg pain, tingling, burning or loss of sensation. Leg tiredness or pain during walking or exercise that is relieved during rest. Poor wound healing or cold legs.

What exactly is PAD?
Plaque builds up on the inside walls of the arteries that carry blood from the heart to the legs and arms. The arteries harden and narrow (a process called atherosclerosis) and blood flow to the legs and feet is significantly reduced. This may also involve hardened and narrowed arteries to the heart and brain, causing an increased risk of heart attack or stroke.

Call us today at 678-688-8532 to take a stand against amputation. Please stop by our office for a FREE stand against amputation bracelet.