Practice Areas Menu

Watch out for peripheral artery disease

People in Georgia might experience the signs and symptoms of peripheral artery disease although they may be unaware of the problem. According to vascular surgeons, up to 8 to 12 million people nationwide may suffer from this condition, or around 5% of all Americans over 50. Peripheral artery disease is linked to atherosclerosis, or fatty buildup inside the arteries. This leads to hardened, narrowed arteries, making it more difficult for blood to travel to and from the heart. Eventually, the disease may cut off blood flow altogether, researchers say.

However, peripheral artery disease may often go misdiagnosed or undetected altogether. Because the disease grows progressively worse, early detection and treatment are important to avoid more serious outcomes like heart attack, stroke or even amputation. Because the symptoms of peripheral artery disease can be similar to other conditions, some physicians may confuse them with a less serious illness. As a result, the disease may grow worse over time.

The Society for Vascular Surgery notes that cramps in the lower limbs are one common symptom of peripheral artery disease. People may feel pain in their feet, legs and hips when exercising or climbing stairs. Over time, people may feel leg pain even when resting because the leg muscles are not receiving the blood flow they need. In addition, people with this disease may notice that cuts, scrapes and other wounds take a longer time to heal, especially on the legs and feet, due to poor blood circulation. In other cases, people may notice that their legs become colder, and their toes can take on a blue appearance.

The failure to diagnose peripheral artery disease or other progressive illness can lead to a seriously worsened health condition for many patients. A medical malpractice attorney may provide advice on how injured patients could possibly  pursue compensation for their damages.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

The content on this site is informational and does not create an attorney-client relationship or offer legal or medical advice. Every situation is different.

Our Experience

  • Super Lawyers AV LexisNexis Martindale Hubbell Peer Review Rated For Ethical Standards and Legal Ability Georgia Trial Lawyers Association GTLA Protecting the right to trial by jury
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers American Association for Justice American board of professional liability attorneys ABPLA
  • American bar association ABA National board for trial advocacy NBTA Est. 1977 State Bar of Georgia
  • The Florida Bar 1950 LCA | MCMXXII Southern Trial Lawyers Association STLA Personal Injury Attorney | Top 10 | Attorney And Practice Magazines | 2019

Ensure Your Voice Is Heard

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Peachtree City Office
400 Westpark Ct
Suite 100
Peachtree City, GA 30269

Phone: 678-369-7348
Fax: 770-631-1771
Map & Directions

Atlanta Office
100 Peachtree St NW
Suite 260
Atlanta, GA 30303

Phone: 678-369-7348
Fax: 770-631-1771
Map & Directions