Overcoming Peripheral Artery Disease
Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) is blockage of arteries outside of the heart and brain. PAD can severely affect an individual’s quality of life, and increase risk of life-threatening health conditions, such as heart attack and stroke. The most common sign of PAD is discomfort or pain in the hip, buttocks, thigh or calf that worsens with activities such as walking or climbing stairs but gets better with rest.
Gloria had been experiencing pain in her legs since 2010, with no relief. She couldn’t shop for groceries without pain and had to take frequent breaks when she was walking anywhere. This year, Dr. Berry put stents in both of Gloria’s legs and cleared the blockages, and now she feels like a new person! She can walk around the grocery store and wear heels to church – all without pain!
William had felt pain in his legs for at least the last four years, but he assumed it had to do with getting older. Before his procedure, he couldn’t walk around his yard for long without need to rest to relieve the pain. Since Dr. Berry treated his left left, it has felt so much better that he’ll soon have his left leg cleared too!
The earlier the disease is caught, the easier it is to treat. The first line of treatment usually involves medical therapy that focuses on risk factor modification to reduce cardiovascular events, improve quality of life and survival.
Dr. Jonathan Berry, an interventional cardiologist at Cone Health Medical GroupHeartCare and the medical director of the peripheral vascular lab at Cone Health, and two of his recent patients spoke on Fox 8 House Call about how to get your life back after peripheral arterial disease.