The risk of having peripheral arterial disease or PAD

If you compare women to men, women who are under the age of 70 with kidney disease are at a higher risk of having peripheral arterial disease or PAD. This has been impairing the blood flow in the leg area. This is what the doctors have discovered from a recent study made with more than 3,000 people with chronic kidney disease. The researchers led by Dr. Wang of a hospital in Pa have discovered that women below 70 years old with kidney problem have 53% risk of having PAD when compared to men of the same age. On the other hand, after the age of 70, both sexes will be even out according to researchers.

But why will PAD affect women that early? The study showed that women have a smaller diameter vessel than men. This may mean that if they will be given same amount of plaque buildup in the vessels, women’s vessels will close off earlier than men.  The findings just show that women with kidney disease might need to be closely monitored at a younger age according to experts. According to a recent study results, it is important to keep a higher index of doubt to diagnose like vascular problems in women very soon according to the chief vascular surgery of a hospital in Mineola in NYC.

The widening vessels

According to Dr. Steinbaum, who is also the director of the women’s heart health in Lenox Hill Hospital in NYC, said that there is now a bigger comprehension about the dissimilarities among men and women in terms of their arteries.  According to Steinbaum, the arteries of the women highly affects their kidney disease and this has something to do in highlighting some of the crucial essence of early screening and diagnosis for those who are at higher risk.  PAD has something to do with the widening vessels that are responsible in transporting the blood going to the arms and to the legs. If they are left unattended, they may bring serious disability and may also lead to mortality. This is according to the American Heart Association.

Around 8M people in the US aged 40 and above and around 20% of the Americans more than 65 years old are affected by PAD.  This is according to the team of Dr. Wang during the research made. They have discovered that women with PAD have greater impairment in functions and not so good quality of life compared to men with the same condition. In a current study, the team checked on the PAD rates in around 3,000 patients with the same kidney disease. The average age they have discovered is around 57. They have found out that women have 53% higher risk of having PADs than men, however, the gap is just distinct for patients below age 70.