Peripheral Artery Disease – Guide

Peripheral Artery Disease (PAFD) is a condition where the carotid arteries (the arteries that supply oxygen-rich blood to the body) become narrowed and/or blocked. This is commonly a symptom of peripheral artery disease (PAFD), where the arteries which supply oxygen-rich blood to the extremities are narrowed, most often due to atherosclerosis. When you develop peripheral artery disease(PAFD), the extremities most often become affected. Some people also experience numbness and tingling sensations, especially in the fingers and toes. If left untreated, PAFD can cause permanent paralysis and even death. If you are looking for more tips, check out Pulse Vascular-Peripheral Artery Disease.

This condition is caused when fatty deposits called atheroma accumulate in the walls of the carotid artery. Over time, the build up of atheroma can lead to atherosclerosis, which leads to the formation of abnormal plaques. The plaques interfere with normal cardiovascular function and reduce the oxygen flow through the circulatory system. As more plaques accumulate, the circulation becomes progressively obstructed until there is not enough oxygen to circulate through the body.

Symptoms include numbness, tingling sensations, weakness in the legs, arm or leg pain, and increased leg fatigue. Other symptoms include shortness of breath, heart palpitations, dizziness, shortness of time to breath, and lightheadedness. If left untreated peripheral artery disease can cause cardiac arrest, heart failure, and eventual paralysis of the major muscles in the body, including the legs.