Throughout the month of September, Jefferson Health’s Center for Advanced Wound Care & Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy – with two locations in southern New Jersey – will recognize Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Awareness Month. PAD is a condition that develops when arteries that supply blood to internal organs, arms, and legs, become blocked as a result of atherosclerosis.
Jefferson’s wound care centers, a member of the Healogics® network, treats chronic wounds related to PAD, performs non-invasive tests for PAD, and counsels patients on how to manage the illness which, if left untreated, can lead to lower limb amputation and death. PAD affects between 8-12 million people in the U.S., and up to 40 percent of those do not experience any symptoms. Risk factors and symptoms include:
- Smokers or those with a history of smoking have up to four times greater risk.
- One in every three diabetics over the age of 50 is likely to have PAD.
- People with high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol or a personal history of vascular disease, heart attack, or stroke are at greater risk.
- As you age, PAD risk increases since it develops gradually.
- Fatigue or heaviness in the limbs, or cramping in the thigh or calf, after walking or climbing stairs and then feeling better after resting.
- Inability to walk as fast or as far as before.
- Leg or foot pain, causing trouble sleeping
- Feet skin becoming pale or turning blue.
- Toenails that do not grow as well as before.
Timely detection and treatment of any wound can reduce the risk of amputation and improve quality of life. To learn more, call 1-866-547-4325 or visit www.JeffersonHealth.org/NJwound.