PAD is caused by atherosclerosis, a condition where fatty deposits and cholesterol build up and narrow the arteries.
Having PAD increases your risk of heart attack and stroke.
Smoking can increase your risk of developing PAD.
Diabetes is strongly linked to PAD
Obesity increases your risk of developing PAD.
Unexplained leg pain or cramping, especially during exercise or walking, is a common symptom of PAD.
54% of the estimated 1.6 million Americans with amputated limbs lost them due to vascular conditions like PAD.
Watch for skin texture changes or discoloration on your legs or feet.
Does the skin on your legs feel cold or numb and tingly? It could be PAD.
Watch for foot sores or wounds that are slow to heal.
Poor nail growth can point to a vascular issue like PAD.