Between 8 and 12 million Americans over the age of 50 (or one in 20 adults) have Peripheral arterial disease (PAD), a condition that raises the risk for heart attack and stroke. PAD occurs when extra cholesterol and other fats circulating in the blood collect in the walls of the arteries that supply blood to your limbs. This buildup—called plaque—narrows your arteries, often reducing or blocking the flow of blood.
PAD is most commonly seen in the legs. PAD often goes undiagnosed, so it your Plaque buildup in the legs does not always cause symptoms, so many people can have PAD and not know it.
Timely detection and treatment of PAD can improve the quality of your life; help you keep your independence and mobility; and reduce your risk of heart attack, stroke, leg amputation, and even death.
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