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Peripheral Artery Disease in the Midlands

A study shows that the Midlands has one of the highest rates of peripheral vascular disease in the nation. With PAD, narrowed blood vessels limit blood flow to the limbs. In this WIS-TV Health U story, a Columbia man shares how PAD impacted his life and work, and how his doctor – Terry Norton, MD, FACS, at Southern Surgical Group, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice – made him better.

PAD typically involves a narrowing of the peripheral arteries in the legs, stomach, arms and head. In this case, “peripheral” means away from the heart. It most commonly affects arteries in the legs.

Both PAD and coronary artery disease (CAD) are caused by atherosclerosis – which means plaque has built up in your artery walls. Atherosclerosis narrows and blocks arteries in critical regions of the body.

The most common symptoms of PAD involving the lower extremities are cramping, pain or tiredness in the leg or hip muscles while walking or climbing stairs. Typically, this pain goes away with rest and returns when you walk again. Left untreated, PAD can lead to amputation.

Risk factors include age, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking and diabetes. Some cases of PAD can be managed with lifestyle changes and medication.

A Lexington Medical Center Connection to Breast Cancer Research

The Lexington Medical Center Foundation is home to the Crystal Smith Breast Cancer Fund, which provides needed supplies to women undergoing cancer treatment. It’s named in honor of hospital employee Crystal Smith, who died of breast cancer in her early 40s. Today, Crystal’s story has inspired her daughter to help others. Learn more in this WLTX news story.

To learn more about the Crystal Smith Breast Cancer Fund, visit

Update from the Every Woman Bloggers

Since 2011, we have been proud to provide a forum for women of the Midlands to share their life experiences with a larger audience. Over the years, we have had many bloggers participate and write about countless topics. We are honored that they choose to share their stories with us!

If you haven’t checked out the Every Woman Blog recently, we invite you to stop by and read contributions from our wonderful bloggers. Some recent highlights include:

Marianna has been sharing recaps and plans about her summer travel. In her most recent post, she shared a recap about her summer road trip to Arizona with her family. Full of fun photos, and details from their drive, her post helps you to live vicariously through her travels! Read more here.

Rachel has been sharing her journey to achieve a gluten-free lifestyle and recently reminded us about her story of health discovery during Celiac Awareness Month in May.

Tina, a nurse at LMC who recently received her BSN degree, is also a volunteer at the Riverbanks Zoo. She chronicled her recent visit to the Greenville Zoo, and has talked about her favorite parts of the Riverbanks Zoo in the past. She is a busy lady!

Shannon has been writing on the blog for several years and we love her passion for creativity, art and family. She recently wrote about role models, an important topic for any parent!

Lisa has been challenged by dementia diagnoses for both of her parents. She has been very candid and honest about the rough year her family has endured. She sadly lost her mother earlier this year and continues to take care of her father. We so appreciate her sharing her story, as so many others are facing similar issues!


We are so appreciative of all of our bloggers and encourage you to check out their posts every week!