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Chronic Diseases

Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)

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What is Peripheral Arterial Disease?

Peripheral Arterial Disease (also commonly referred to as Peripheral Artery Disease, or PAD) occurs when cholesterol and other fats circulating in the blood collect inside the walls of the arteries that supply blood to the limbs. This buildup, referred to as fatty plaque, narrows arteries and can lead to reduced or blocked blood flow (atherosclerosis). PAD most commonly occurs in the legs but can also be present in the arteries that carry blood from the heart to the head, arms, kidneys, and stomach.4

Common Symptoms

While there are common symptoms associated with PAD, many people with PAD do not experience any symptoms at all, which makes early diagnosis even more crucial. Often, once symptoms do appear, the disease may have already progressed significantly. If they do occur, symptoms of PAD may include5:

Painful leg cramping (claudication)
Numbness, weakness or heaviness in the legs
Burning or aching in feet and toes
Cooling of skin on legs or feet
Loss of hair on legs or feet
Foot sores or ulcers
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Who is at Risk?

Age-Related Illness


High Blood Pressure

Existing Cardiovascular Disease


Metabolic Syndrome

High Cholesterol


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