Always There.
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • YouTube
  • Flikr

Day 12: Understanding Peripheral Artery Disease

PED from Detroit Medical Center on Vimeo.

Peripheral arteries deliver oxygen-rich blood to the tissues outside the heart. As you age, your arteries become stiffer and thicker.

In addition, risk factors, such as smoking, high cholesterol and diabetes can damage the artery lining. This allows plaque (a buildup of fat and other materials) to form within the artery walls. The buildup of plaque narrows the space inside the artery and can restrict blood flow.

When this happens, oxygen can’t reach the muscle below the blockage. Then you may feel pain during activity or in more severe cases even when at rest. In time, the affected tissue can die. This can lead to the loss of a toe or foot.

Click Here to learn more about Peripheral Artery Disease
find a doctor background
 Find A Doc
select
Find by Name or Specialty
select
Find by Zip Code Distance in miles
Search



Mahir D. Elder, MD, FACP, FACC, FSCAI, FASNC, FAHA, FCCP, RPVI

View All 28 Days of
Heart Health Tips





Specialties
Follow Us

Search Our Site...
© 2014DMC. All Rights Reserved.