Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) occurs when a fatty material called plaque builds up on the inside walls of the arteries that carry blood from the heart to the head, internal organs, and limbs.
Also Known As: Atherosclerotic Peripheral Arterial Disease, Arm Artery Disease, Circulation Problems, Leg Artery Disease
Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) occurs when a fatty material called plaque builds up on the inside walls of the arteries that carry blood to the limbs. It can impair physical health and diminish a person's ability to walk. PAD is a is a common, yet serious disease affecting 8 to 12 million people in the United States. An estimated 5 percent of U.S. adults over age 50 have PAD. Among adults age 65 and older, 12 to 20 percent may have PAD.
People with PAD have an increased risk for heart attack. Early diagnosis and treatment of PAD are important to prevent disability and save lives.
At least half of the people who have peripheral arterial disease (PAD) don't have any signs or symptoms of the disease.
Other signs and symptoms of PAD include:
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