LA CROSSE, Wis. ― Chronic leg pain and circulation issues will be part of a free virtual online discussion hosted by Mayo Clinic Health System experts Wednesday, June 30. Chronic leg pain is a primary symptom of peripheral artery disease (PAD), a common and treatable condition in which narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to your limbs and can threaten your heart.
Emilio Exaire, M.D., cardiologist at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse, will share signs, symptoms, causes and risk factors of peripheral artery and vascular disease; options for care; and nonsurgical procedures that can reduce or resolve pain.
Those living with pain or numbness in the feet, calves, thighs or buttocks, even after rest or minimal exertion, may have peripheral artery disease, or PAD. This circulatory problem narrows arteries and reduces blood flow to the limbs. The risk for PAD increases for those who have diabetes, were ever a smoker, are over 60 or have high cholesterol. PAD is also likely to be a sign of a more widespread accumulation of fatty deposits the arteries.
Treatment for peripheral artery disease has two major goals: Manage symptoms, such as leg pain, so that physical activities can be resumed, and stop the progression of atherosclerosis throughout the body to reduce risk of heart attack and stroke. Lifestyle changes and, if necessary, drugs and certain medical procedures, go a long way toward promoting healthier arteries.
The virtual, community education presentation: "Peripheral Artery and Vascular Disease: A link between chronic leg pain and circulation problems," is scheduled for Wednesday, June 30, from 4–4:45 p.m. Register for the presentation.
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