Peripheral Artery Disease: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute

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With your Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, I'm Vivian Williams. Peripheral artery disease or P A D can be a sign of something really seriously wrong with your heart or blood vessels. So just what is PHD? Everybody's familiar with the atherosclerotic blockages. It can affect the heart and give us heart attacks or the kind that can affect the vessels of the neck and the brain and might give us a stroke. It turns out that those problems these what we call plaques or areas of cholesterol and calcium deposition. Not only occur in the heart and the brain. But they can occur everywhere in the body. Dr Tom rook says PHD most often occurs in the legs as the blockages get worse. Patients have difficulty walking and experience pain. So what happens is they've got plenty of blood flow getting their at rest, but not enough to let them perform while painful. PHD is treatable. In fact, Dr rook says one of the best things you can do is exercise through your pain to stimulate the body. For more information talk to your doctor or visit mayo clinic dot org.

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