TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) can affect nearly one in twenty americans fifty years or older.
People with the disease are at a greater risk of a heart attack or stroke .
Peripheral Arterial Disease or PAD develops when arteries become clogged limiting blood-flow to the legs.
PAD can cause wounds to not heal properly which can lead to gangrene or infection.
Union Hospital Wound Healing Center Clinical Coordinator Veronica Hall says most patients they treat have PAD.
"If they have dead tissue, we debride the wounds and for the actual disease itself, we use compression wraps that helps the blood flow back up from the legs," explained Hall.
Center managers tell us one-in-three people fifty or older with diabetes are likely to have PAD.
Director Kim Keister says there are a few noticeable symptoms.
"You will have swelling, you will have redness, you will have pain," urged Keister. "So if you have a wound it won't heal."
If you want to show support for those with PAD, you best get long, bright white socks.
"It's the pink ribbon for breast cancer awareness, it's the white sock for PAD," said Keister. "It's to bring awareness to peripheral arterial disease, awareness to save a limb."
Your best bet of dealing with PAD is to catch the onset early.
"It's just going in and getting your regular check-ups, it's not waiting until, you know, you have a wound," said Keister. "It's not waiting long enough until it gets so severe that the only treatment is to become amputated. It's just getting in right away and having the conversation with your physician."
To learn more about the disease you should talk with your physician.
You can also check out this fact sheet from the American Heart Association.