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By nick
December 06, 2010
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What is PAD?
PAD stands for Peripheral Arterial Disease. PAD is caused by a blockage or narrowing of the arteries in the legs when fatty deposits called plaque build up. The buildup of plaque causes the arteries to harden and narrow, which is called atherosclerosis. This results in a reduction of blood flow to the legs and feet. This is commonly referred to as poor circulation.

PAD occurs most often in the arteries in the legs, but it can also affect other arteries that carry blood outside the heart. This includes arteries that go to the aorta, the brain, the arms, the kidneys, and the stomach. When arteries inside the heart are hardened or narrowed, it is called coronary artery disease or cardiovascular disease.

People with PAD have a two-to-six times' greater chance of death from a heart attack or stroke. PAD and diabetes are the leading causes of foot or leg amputations in the United States. PAD can be treated with lifestyle changes, medicines, and surgical procedures if necessary. Since people with PAD are at high risk for heart attacks and stroke, they must take charge of controlling their risk factors related to cardiovascular disease.

About Peripheral Arterial Disease
Peripheral Arterial Disease is a highly prevalent disease characterized by blockages in the arteries of the lower extremities. Individuals with PAD face a markedly increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and death. The build-up of plaque is usually the result of atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries-the same condition that leads to heart artery blockages and heart attack. PAD affects 8 to 12 million Americans, and one in every five people over the age of 70 has the disease.

Key Risk Factors:

- Advanced age
- Smoking
- Diabetes
- High blood cholesterol
- Hypertension

Early detection of PAD can offer an opportunity to treat risk factors that can slow the progression of the disease and decrease the chance of heart attack and stroke.

Less than half of individuals with PAD know they have the disease and its corresponding
increased risk of death. Use of accurate and safe diagnostic tests for PAD, such as the inexpensive, noninvasive ankle-brachial index examination (ABI) can identify patients with and at risk for PAD. Many individuals with PAD do not experience typical leg symptoms such as cramping, pain, or fatigue known as claudication. Only one-quarter of PAD
sufferers are receiving treatment. Of the 2.5 million diagnosed cases, 2.1 million are medically managed.
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