Research Finds PAD Patients Benefit From Blood Pressure Medication

Research Finds PAD Patients Benefit From Blood Pressure Medication

diabetic-foot-careThe University of Colorado Poor held a study focusing on patients affected by peripheral arterial disease, or PAD. PAD is a circulatory disease that often leads to atherosclerosis, or fatty deposits in the legs and feet.

The research led had a group of 53 PAD patients. 22 patients were administered drugs to treat high blood pressure and 31 were not given the drugs.

Over the study, heart attacks occurred in 12 patients who did not receive any drugs as opposed to only 3 that did receive medication. These results confirmed that blood pressure medication can help prevent heart attacks and other PAD related complications.

Poor circulation affects millions of people worldwide. If you are suffering from circulatory issues, seek out podiatrist Dr. Donald C. Stran, DPM of Houston Foot and Ankle. Dr. Stran can help assess your problem and get you the care you need.

What is Poor Circulation in the Feet?

Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs is caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries.

Plaque buildup or atherosclerosis results from excess calcium and cholesterol in the bloodstream. It usually restricts the amount of blood which can flow through the arteries. Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs are sometimes caused by inflammation in the blood vessels, known as vasculitis.


Lack of oxygen and oxygen from poor blood circulation restricts muscle growth and development.

It can also cause:

  • muscle pain
  • numbness in legs
  • cramps
  • skin discoloration
  • weakness
  • slower nail & hair growth
  • stiffness
  • erectile dysfunction

Those who have diabetes and or smoke are at greatest risk for poor circulation, or who are over 50.

If you have poor circulation in the feet and legs it may be caused by PAD, and is important to make changes to your lifestyle in order to reduce risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. Exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle will dramatically improve conditions

As always see a doctor as they will help try and fit a regime that suits you. A doctor will also prescribe you medication which will help for PAD.

If you have any questions, contact one of our offices located in Friendswood, TX; Missouri City, TX; Bay City, TX;  and Lake Jackson, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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