Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) occurs when a fatty material called plaque builds up on the inside walls of the arteries that carry blood from the heart to the head, internal organs, and limbs. PAD is also known as atherosclerotic peripheral arterial disease or “hardening of the arteries”.
The buildup of plaque on the artery walls is called atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries. Atherosclerosis causes the arteries to narrow or become blocked, which can reduce or block blood flow. PAD most commonly affects blood flow to the legs.
Blocked blood flow can cause pain and numbness. It also can increase a person’s chance of getting an infection, and it can make it difficult for the person’s body to fight the infection. If severe enough, blocked blood flow can cause tissue death (gangrene). PAD is the leading cause of leg amputation.
Atherosclerosis can affect arteries anywhere in the body, including the arteries that carry blood to the heart and brain. When atherosclerosis affects the arteries of the heart, it is called coronary artery disease (CAD). CAD can cause a heart attack. If atherosclerosis is in the limbs, it also is likely to be in the coronary arteries.
When atherosclerosis affects the major arteries supplying the brain, it is called carotid artery disease. Carotid artery disease can cause a stroke.
PAD (atherosclerosis in the arteries that supply blood to the limbs, especially the legs) is a common, yet serious disease. Men are more likely to have symptoms of PAD, but both men and women can develop the disease. PAD can impair physical health and diminish the ability to walk.
In the advanced stages of PAD, blood flow to one or both legs can be completely or mostly blocked. This is known as chronic critical limb ischemia (CLI). A very severe blockage in the legs and feet means that the legs do not receive the oxygen or nutrition needed for cellular or skin growth and repair. CLI may lead to painful leg or foot sores, and it could eventually lead to gangrene. If this condition is left untreated, the foot or leg may need to be amputated.
A person with PAD has a six to seven times greater risk of CAD, heart attack, stroke, or transient ischemic attack (“mini stroke”) than the rest of the population. If a person has heart disease, he or she has a 1 in 3 chance of having blocked arteries in the legs. Early diagnosis and treatment of PAD, including screening high-risk individuals, are important to prevent disability and save lives. PAD treatment may stop the disease from progressing and reduce the risk of heart attack, heart disease, and stroke.
Although PAD is serious, it is treatable. The buildup of plaque in the arteries can often be stopped or reversed with dietary changes, exercise, and efforts to lower high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. In some patients, blood flow in the vessels may be improved by oral liquid EDTA chelation therapy.
Liquid EDTA (Ethylene Diamine Tetra-acetic Acid) is absorbed into the bloodstream within minutes. It then begins to chelate toxic and heavy metals, along with excessive mineral deposits. When metals and minerals remain in the bloodstream, they accumulate and harden, causing poor circulation.
By cleansing the body’s arteries and veins, the blood flow is increased.
Blood supplies nutrients and oxygen to all critical body areas (organs, muscles, tissues and nerves). EDTA chelation therapy provides your body with the proper blood flow rich in oxygen and nutrients, allowing it to recuperate, regenerate and function normally once again.
Pete Richards – Guest writer – Cardio Renew