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PAD, CAD, PSCOS, jelly beans it all boils down to one thing.

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Just when you thought it was enough to know about (CAD) Coronary Artery Disease an article like this about PAD comes along.

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) has serious consequences. Patients have rates of heart attack, stroke and death equal or greater to those with coronary disease alone. A study of 68,000 patients in an international registry shows patients with PAD have a 21% chance of suffering a heart attack or stroke, being hospitalized or dying of complications within one year. That risk doubles for those who also have artery disease in the heart. PAD and coronary heart disease often go hand-in-hand: As many as 60% of PAD patients have both.

But even when patients have a history of heart disease, doctors often don't test for PAD. Ms. Molnar, for example, had been treated for coronary-artery disease in the past, including coronary-bypass surgery 15 years ago. "I was always concentrating on whether a pain in my chest might be another blocked artery, but never thought I'd have a problem in my legs," Ms. Molnar, 68, says.

Only about 25% of those with PAD know they have it or are undergoing treatment of any kind. Leg pain and cramps, the most common symptoms, are often misdiagnosed as muscle aches or arthritis.

"Peripheral artery disease is the most common, deadly and costly cardiovascular disease that the public hasn't heard of," says Alan T. Hirsch, a professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School's cardiovascular division and founding president of the non-profit Vascular Disease Foundation. Hospitalization costs alone for PAD exceed $21 billion annually, Dr. Hirsch notes, and a recent study of Medicare data shows it costs about 5% more to treat a PAD patient than one with coronary-artery disease.

More than two million patients annually end up in the most advanced stage of PAD, known as critical limb ischemia, which can lead to ulcers that don't heal and gangrene. Within one year, 30% will have to have a leg amputated, and 25% will die.

Guess what helps PAD? Exercise, diet and stop smoking. The hope when first writing this article was to share a new nuggett of truth to help - but PAD, CAD, PCOS, or jelly beans it all boils down to exercise and eating right.

Take inventory of bodyaches and pains. You know if you are experiencing something unusual and you are the only one who can do something about it. You must be your own best advocate.

For more information on the symptoms of PAD - click here:

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