The road to a healthier life begins right here, from one of America’s most respected names in medicine Henry Ford Health System. This is Healthy Living at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital. Hi, Jimmy Rhoades here with Nicole Kennedy, who’s a vascular surgeon here at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital. And Dr. Kennedy, I hear this term PAD but I don’t know what it is. What is it, and who gets it Jimmy, PAD stands for Peripheral Arterial Disease, that’s hardening of the arteries or blockages in the blood vessels that go from the heart down to the toes. Anyone can get it, it usually builds up over many.
Years. People who are especially at risk are people with heart disease and risk of stroke. Okay, and we have a question from our audience go ahead. Yes, sometimes when I’m walking my legs cramp, do you think I have PAD It’s possible. We treat something called claudication, that’s cramping in the legs that occurs after you’ve walked a certain distance, feels better after you rest for a few minutes. That can be a hallmark of PAD and you should see your doctor about it. What can we do to prevent PAD Taking your medications, following with.
Your doctor, exercise, avoiding smoking, doing the right things. Okay, general health. And what about treatment once you have it It can be from a very simple medication all the way to a surgical procedure involving balloons and wires, sometimes even an open bypass surgery. Okay, and they need to consult with someone like you to find that out. We’re here for that. Okay, fantastic. You can find out a whole lot more by visiting the website. Go to wxyzhenryford. Dr., thank you so much. For more on today’s Healthy Living from Henry.