Iredell Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center Puts Focus on Peripheral Artery Disease
An estimated one in eight Americans over the age of 60 have Peripheral
Artery Disease, or PAD, yet many people with PAD don’t know they
have the dangerous condition. The disease can make it painful to walk,
cause sores that won’t heal and lead to gangrene and limb amputation,
and is also linked with an elevated risk of heart attack and stroke.
September is Peripheral Artery Disease Awareness Month and the Iredell
Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center is helping to bring attention to PAD.
Risk factors include high cholesterol, smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes,
inactivity, atherosclerosis and age. While some people with PAD experience
chronic toe and foot sores, as well as cramping, numbness or heaviness
in the leg muscles, others don’t experience symptoms at all.
In an effort to manage PAD, the Iredell Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center
recommends the following action steps:
The Iredell Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center performs tests for PAD,
treats PAD-related chronic wounds and counsels patients on how to manage
the disease. Call 704-768-0542 for more information or to make an appointment.
- Adopt lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, correcting blood pressure
and cholesterol numbers in good ranges.
- Always consult with a physician about which medications may help PAD if
they are needed.
- Develop healthy eating habits and an exercise plan. Exercising can help
increase circulation and reduce pain in the lower extremities. Iredell
Health System’s Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Center offers medically
supervised exercise therapy for PAD patients. For more information, call
- In some severe cases of PAD, surgery may be needed to open arteries that
have narrowed. Consult with a physician to see if surgery is a necessary