Peripheral Artery Disease
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a disease of the arteries. They carry fresh, oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the tissues. Narrow, rigid-walled blood vessels limit blood flow to organs and tissues. As a result, they suffer from a lack of oxygen and are slowly but surely damaged.
The best way to prevent Peripheral Artery Disease is to eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly. When the first symptoms appear, it's not too late! Regular exercise of the leg muscles - at least 40-50 minutes of walking, jogging or cycling a day - is the best treatment.
A device is needed if you have not changed your lifestyle despite warning signs and are no longer able to move because of symptoms.
Advanced stenosis prevents you from walking. Muscle oxygen demand increases during exercise. Narrow blood vessels don't get enough fresh blood to your leg muscles. The lack of oxygen causes leg pain. You can't take a single step. After a few hundred steps, you need to take a break.
At this point, there's nothing left but a medical device.