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Peripheral artery disease (PAD) occurs when narrowing arteries hinder the flow of blood to different areas of the body, such as the arms or legs. If not adequately managed, PAD can led to a heart attack, stroke, or amputation. To manage symptoms and keep the disease from progressing, follow a healthy diet, exercise regularly, do not smoke, and watch out for your blood pressure and cholesterol.
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a condition that hinders the flow of blood to your limbs. The arms and legs are common sites of impact. Cramping in your hips, thighs, or calves following physical activity, leg pain and numbness, hair loss, slow growing toenails, and changes in your leg colour are some of the many symptoms of PAD. Connect with your health care provider if you are experiencing symptoms of PAD or if you have no symptoms but are over 65, over 50 with a history of smoking or diabetes, or under 50 and have PAD risk factors (e.g., hypertension and diabetes), as you may need to be screened.
Over-the-counter painkillers, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, can be effective for pain relief. However, these medications can also come with side effects. To safely use over-the-counter medications, always monitor the dose you are taking, use them for only as long as needed, and be aware of possible interactions they may have with other medicinal products you are using.
Hamilton, ON - July 23, 2020
Are you interested in learning how to reduce your risk of developing dementia? Learn six ways to promote brain health to optimize your physical mobility and social activity in the future with our free online interactive lesson.
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Hamilton, ON - April 8, 2020
We are committed to supporting the healthy aging of Canada’s older adult population by highlighting ways to stay active and engaged while practicing physical distancing during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Explore some of our latest content and continue to check back as new content is added weekly.