We all have our vices. We may overindulge on a favorite food, or opt to skip exercising — even though we know these choices aren’t healthy — and some of us regularly indulge ourselves, ignoring the risks to our health. And until these consequences show up as symptoms, it’s easy to ignore our “risk factors” for medical problems.
But it’s especially important to pay attention to risk factors for cardiovascular disease because its symptoms are often dismissed as something less serious — if there are symptoms at all. In the case of peripheral artery disease, (PAD), the classic leg pain caused by narrowed arteries is often written off as muscle cramps or strain by those who experience it. Dr. Richard Kovach, Division Director of Interventional Cardiology at Deborah Heart and Lung Center, estimates between 12 and 20 percent of Americans age 65 and older suffer from PAD, but many are “silent” cases with no symptoms.
Dr. Kovach notes that shrugging off symptoms of any degree is a bad idea, because PAD significantly raises the risk for a stroke or heart attack, and — left untreated — it can even lead to gangrene and amputation. People with high-risk factors for cardiovascular disease – from smoking, obesity, diabetes, inactivity, and high cholesterol, among others – should definitely keep PAD on their radar while making positive lifestyle changes to prevent or mitigate it. If diagnosed with PAD and surgical treatment is needed, Deborah Heart and Lung Center offers an array of minimally invasive procedures and technologies to restore blood flow.
Rasa Kaye talked with Dr. Kovach about the risk factors, symptoms and precision treatments for PAD at Deborah, and about Deborah’s upcoming PAD Fair and Screening Event on September 23, 2017 at its Burlington County location. If interested in registering for a free screening and consultation at this event, visit DemandDeborah.org or call the PAD Screening Event Hotline at 609-621-2080.
Sponsored Content Provided by Deborah Heart & Lung Center