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Peripheral Arterial Disease (P.A.D.)
One in every 20 Americans over the age of 50 has P.A.D., a condition that raises the risk for heart attack and stroke. Peripheral arterial disease, or P.A.D., develops when your veins and arteries become clogged with plaque-fatty deposits that limit blood flow to your legs.
Just like clogged arteries in the heart, clogged arteries in the legs mean you are at risk for having a heart attack or stroke. Plaque buildup in the legs does not always cause symptoms, so many people can have P.A.D. and not know it. People who do experience symptoms, such as pain or cramping in the legs, often do not report them, believing they are a natural part of aging or due to another cause.
What Causes P.A.D?
Most people with P.A.D. have one or more of these conditions or habits that raise the risk for heart disease. Your risk increases if you:
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