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Paid Advertisement PAD:The Silent Killer “PAD is often called the silent killer because you may have it and not even know,” says Dr. Joel Rainwater, chief medical officer of Comprehensive Integrated Care (CiC). The reason it is sometimes missed is because people dismiss the symptoms of this dangerous disease as ‘just a sign of getting older’. But it’s not. “It’s not normal to have difficulty walking to your mailbox, it’s not normal to have constant leg pain or cramping,” says Rainwater, “That’s not normal aging, it could be a sign of PAD.” While many of us tend to think it’s just “too many birthdays” because you can’t remember an injury or reason, your symptoms may be due to poor circulation or vascular insufficiency. Is Neuropathy about to make you crack? PAD is caused by the buildup of fatty material inside the arteries, limiting blood flow. your legs and feet, you’ll have pain, cramping or wounds that won’t heal,” explains Rainwater. If you ignore these signs, it may lead to an amputation. “If you get an amputation because you have PAD, your life expectancy is worse than if you had breast cancer or lymphoma. PAD is no joke.” In some cases, people have been diagnosed with, or think PAD is a circulation disorder they have, neuropathy. The and those with it are at a much symptoms of neuropathy and higher risk of heart problems PAD are very similar and and generally have a much include difficulty walking higher rate of amputations without taking a break, and death from heart attack or burning, tingling, numbness stroke. and/or pain. “When I see a “If there’s poor blood flow to patient who has been told they have neuropathy and they’ve been maximized on medication that’s not working, I know there may be something else causing it and one of the big, notorious offenders in that scenario is PAD,” says Rainwater. Dr. Rainwater has focused his medical career on educating the public and his fellow physicians to recognize PAD and start treatment as quickly as possible. PAD is caused by the buildup of fatty material inside the arteries. This buildup occurs gradually over time and hardens into plaque inside the artery. This condition is known as atherosclerosis. Sometimes, it’s called “hardening of the arteries.” No matter what you call it, this plaque causes a narrowing of the passageway, restricting the amount of blood that flows throughout the body. Without an adequate blood supply, your body can’t get the oxygen and nutrients it needs to maintain healthy legs, feet and toes. “This is something we can fix,” explains Rainwater. “The good news about PAD, is that there’s hope. There is treatment and it’s excellent, it’s been one of the biggest success stories in all of medicine.” Patients are able to get back on their feet and every day living with almost no downtime, not stitches and no overnight hospital stay. Medicare as well as most insurance plans will cover treatment. Rainwater says, “The method of diagnosis, the treatment was unheard of 20 years ago. It’s become so sophisticated and so easy for the patient to tolerate that there’s no reason not to seek answers for this condition.” If medication hasn’t stopped the tingling, pain and numbness in your feet, you may be one of the countless people who are misdiagnosed each year. Symptoms of neuropathy often feel very similar to symptoms of poor circulation in your legs and feet. It’s time to start asking questions. YES NO Do you have difficulty walking without taking a break? Do your feet feel numb, or your legs cramp in bed at night? Do you experience pain, tingling, or numbness in your feet? Is your neuropathy treatment not making symptoms go away? Does pain in your feet keep you from everyday living? If you checked “yes” to any of the questions above, our doctors can help tell you what those answers mean. Call (928) 719-7400 to make an appointment Dr. Joel Rainwater, Dr. Kevin Duwe Dr. Diana Perry 2301 N. 4th St, Flagstaff (928) 719-7400