Peripheral Artery Disease




Dr. Bernie Fernandez, Chief Executive Officer of Baptist Health Medical Group, explains Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) is a condition where patients have high blood glucose levels or high cholesterol that causes atherosclerosis or narrowing of the arteries in the lower extremities.

He also says there is a difference between patients that have diabetes and those that do not have it. For those who have diabetes, the PAD tends to be more diffuse, and it tends to affect the smaller blood vessels in the lower leg and in the foot.

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