Hancock Regional Hospital is recognizing September as Peripheral Arterial Disease Awareness month.
PAD, which affects eight to 12 million Americans, is a condition that develops when the arteries that supply blood to the internal organs, arms or legs become blocked as a result of the buildup of plaque. PAD can increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, amputation and possibly death.
The HRH Center for Wound Healing recommend lifestyle changes to help manage PAD, such as quitting smoking; correcting blood pressure and cholesterol numbers; exercising; and consulting a doctor about medications. In some severe cases of PAD, surgery may be needed to open arteries. For more about PAD and treating chronic wounds, call 317-468-4920.