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New video explains leg pain in layman’s terms

March 28, 2012    Contact: Sue Crosson-Knutson    312-334-2311

CHICAGO - Gregory J. Pearl, M.D., a vascular surgeon with Baylor Health, of Dallas, Texas, is featured in a new, broadcast-quality video produced by the Society for Vascular Surgery®.

The video explains that heaviness and pain in the legs during exercise may be the result of plaque buildup in the blood vessels known as atherosclerosis. This Peripheral (occurring outside the heart or brain) Arterial Disease (PAD) affects eight to 12 million Americans. Most are over age 50.

“African Americans and people over age 50 are at greater risk of developing PAD,” said Dr. Pearl. Risk factors include:

• smoking
• diabetes
• high blood pressure
• high cholesterol or triglycerides
• high levels of the amino acid homocysteine
• obesity.

“Persons with PAD are at an increased risk for other cardiovascular events such as a heart attack or stroke,” said Dr. Pearl.

Recommendations for persons in the early stages of PAD are:

• walking daily
• changes in lifestyle
• cholesterol, blood pressure, and/or blood clotting medication.

Persons with advanced cases of PAD can benefit from surgical procedures such as an angioplasty, placement of a stent(s), or bypass surgery. Removal of plaque by a vascular surgeon is another option.  

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