What is peripheral artery disease?
disease is a common circulatory problem that most often affects the feet and
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
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