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Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Risk Factors

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is an urgent health issue affecting over six million Americans, as documented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This condition primarily affects the arteries outside the heart and brain, reducing blood flow to the limbs, particularly the legs.

Does Atherosclerosis Raise PAD Risk?

Atherosclerosis is a condition that involves the accumulation of arterial plaque, causing inhibited blood flow to the organ systems. This plaque buildup is the main contributor to the onset of peripheral artery disease (PAD).

Atherosclerosis raises the risk of PAD through several processes. Firstly, the plaque buildup in the arteries reduces the blood flow to the affected areas. This decreased blood flow deprives the muscles and tissues of oxygen and nutrients, leading to various symptoms such as pain, numbness, and weakness in the legs.

Additionally, atherosclerosis can lead to the formation of blood clots within the narrowed arteries. These blood clots can further impede blood flow or break loose and travel to smaller blood vessels, causing a complete blockage. This can result in severe complications, such as tissue damage or even tissue death (gangrene).

Who is at risk for PAD?

People who might be at an elevated risk for PAD include the following:

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Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a serious medical condition that can have potentially fatal consequences if left untreated, resulting in severe complications, including non-healing wounds, infections, and even requiring amputation. However, there is hope for people suffering from PAD.

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