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Blood Flow Saves the Toes

04-19-2017

Limb Loss Awareness Month - Blood Flow Saves the ToesConsidering April is Limb Loss Awareness Month, this is the perfect time to educate, provide prevention information and help increase awareness. According to the Amputee Coalition, at least 60% of amputations are preventable. Peripheral Artery Disease (P.A.D.) is a disease in which plaque builds up in the arteries. Over time, the plaque hardens and narrows the arteries. This limits the flow of oxygen-rich blood to your organs and other parts of your body. Blocked blood flow to your legs can cause numbness and severe pain in your legs and feet. It can raise your risk of getting an infection, especially if there is an open sore. P.A.D. can ultimately lead to gangrene and leg amputations.

Blood Flow Saves the Toes

Early P.A.D. screening and intervention will lower amputation rates. If you are diagnosed with P.A.D., you can be treated with various procedures or medications. Ask your doctor about being checked if you are:

  • Aged 70 or older
  • Aged 50 or older and have a history of smoking or diabetes
  • Younger than 50 and have diabetes and one or more risk factors for atherosclerosis
  • Smoking and diabetes are two of the main risk factors for PAD.
  • High blood pressure and high amounts of cholesterol in the blood also contribute to PAD
  • Taking action to control your risk factors can help prevent or delay peripheral artery disease and its complications.

Norman Regional Oklahoma Wound Center

For those who suffer with chronic or non-healing wounds, help is as close as the Norman Regional Oklahoma Wound Center®. As the largest wound care program in the Oklahoma City metro area, we are dedicated to improving healing and decreasing amputations. Our comprehensive Diabetic Limb Salvage Program (DLS) is the first of its kind in the state of Oklahoma. This premier program and multispecialty team was developed to address the needs of this special patient group in a timely manner and coordinate care for the best outcomes. Norman Regional Oklahoma Wound Center’s team includes board-certified physicians, experienced wound care nurses, and certified hyperbaric specialists. Our comprehensive treatment helps heal wounds that range from simple to complex. For more information, you can call 405-307-6955.

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