Can PAD be caused by weight bearing on one leg

Patient : I see peripheral arterial disease has a number of possible causes...when it occurs in only one leg is it possible to be caused directly or indirectly from an injury to the other leg...which caused extra weight bearing on the leg that now has PAD?
Doctor :   Thank you for question. There are several documented causes of peripheral arterial disease. We were discuss these in br ief. Some of the main risk factors of peripheral arterial disease include smoking, diabetes, obesity, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and family history. Commonly, atherosclerotic plaques obstruct these small arteries of the extremities, resulting in ischemia. It is possible that extra weight, as in obesity can result in unilateral PAD. However, it is not quite clear to us how injury to one leg could result in PAD in the other leg. Complications of PAD can be ischemic limb disease, wherein decreased oxygenation to the limb can result in permanent damage and eventual tissue necrosis (death). Thank you for choosing askthedoctor.com

Related Q&A

Q: Hello, I am a 45 year old male. I have been having "episodes for about 2 years, and they are undiagnosed, which ...

Q: I usually have 4 to 5 grandmariners a night The next day I have stomach pains and fecal leakage. Then I stop having d...

Q: I am experiencing discomfort in my left chest area. Is this something to be alarmed by.

Q: My name is Carlton Jackson. My date of birth is April 3, 1955. In the spring of 1973 I hyperextended my left knee w...

Q: Good morning . I noticed a tiny speck of what seemed bright red blood in my semen . I am 42 with no other related is...

 
DOCTOR ADVISORY BOARD
218

Dr. James Obaji M.D.

  • 247 Reviews
  • Family Physician
173

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • 190 Reviews
  • Family Physician
138

Dr. Pat Golden M.D.

  • 169 Reviews
  • Cardiologist
98

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • 112 Reviews
  • Plastic Surgeon
CNN
BBC
MSNBC
CBS
abcNews
FoxNews