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Frequently Asked Questions about PAD

FAQ about PAD What is peripheral artery disease?

Peripheral artery disease is a common circulatory problem that most often affects the feet and lower legs.

What happens if you have PAD?
Peripheral artery disease happens when fatty deposits build up in arteries outside the heart, usually the arteries supplying fresh oxygen and blood to the arms, legs and feet.

Who treats PAD?

Patients who develop PAD should see a cardiologist.

Is PAD dangerous or life threatening?
Yes, PAD is dangerous because these blockages can restrict circulation to the limbs and organs. Without adequate blood flow, the kidneys, legs, arms and feet suffer damage. Left untreated, the tissue can die or harbor infection such as gangrene. Amputations may result.

Does PAD cause additional health problems?
PAD may be the first warning sign of atherosclerosis– chronic fatty deposit build-ups throughout your arteries. The whole circulatory system, including your heart and brain, are at risk when arteries are blocked and narrowed. Fatty deposits also increase the risk for vascular inflammation and blood clots that can block the blood supply and cause tissue death.

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Peripheral arterial disease affects about 8 million Americans. It becomes more common as we get older. Read more about this condition and the latest technological advancement for its treatment.
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PAD is dangerous because it reduces blood flow to the kidneys and limbs. PAD may also signal other circulatory problems.

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