Reprinted from the National Institute on Aging.
Here are a few things to check when you fill a prescription, especially for a new medication:
If you have any questions about a medication you are taking or any of the written information that comes with your prescription, talk with the pharmacist or your doctor. Making sure you understand your medications is an important step in taking care of your health.
Read more about taking medications safely on the National Institute on Aging Website
Many factors contribute to a variety of vascular diseases, especially as we age and our activity levels drop. One common condition is Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD), which causes inflammation and plaque buildup in the arteries throughout the body. The result is poor circulation to the kidneys, brain, arms, and especially the legs.
Factors that increase your risk of having PAD:
Just like clogged arteries in your heart, poor circulation in your legs can cause heart attack and stroke. In fact, most people with PAD also have heart disease. Untreated, PAD can lead to amputation of affected limbs, or even be fatal.
Symptoms you should be concerned about:
Any of these symptoms should be discussed with your doctor and/or podiatrist. However, often there are no symptoms at all. You can have PAD and not know it until it’s too late.
At Foot and Ankle Associates of New Mexico, we offer a range of tests to find out if you have PAD and need treatment, including the Biomedix PADnet test. This is a non-invasive test that only takes 15 to 20 minutes. If you are 65 or older, or have any of the other risk factors for PAD, we encourage you to do a PAD screening test with us soon.
We’re here for you to answer any questions you may have about Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD). We can help you decide if you’d like to get tested and we’ll tell you exactly what the test will be like. Plus, we can offer tips to minimize your risk factors.
For questions or concerns about Peripheral Arterial Disease and PADnet testing, please call:
Foot and Ankle Associates of New Mexico.
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