GRAPHIC IMAGES: Effects of peripheral artery disease or PAD

Dr. Lyssa Ochoa says PAD has higher mortality rate than breast cancer

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SAN ANTONIO – KSAT had the opportunity to visit area doctors to discuss how peripheral artery disease, or PAD, affects the San Antonio and South Texas community.

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The disease can lead to amputations and death. Dr. Lyssa Ochoa, a vascular surgeon, told KSAT the mortality rate for PAD is higher than the mortality rate for breast cancer.

Ochoa and her group of doctors, along with Southwest General Hospital, are at the forefront of helping the San Antonio area, specifically those on the South Side, deal with the disease. 

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The images below show how the disease can take a toll on the foot and the body. (WARNING: The images are graphic.) 

About the Author:

RJ Marquez has been at KSAT since 2010. He's covered a variety of stories and events across the San Antonio area, and is the lead reporter for KSAT Explains. He also covers the Spurs for on-air and digital platforms. You can see RJ regularly on KSAT Explains and Good Morning San Antonio. He also writes a weekly Spurs newsletter.