Peripheral artery disease is a slow, progressive condition that leads to narrowing and hardening of the arteries that supply blood to the legs and feet. This leads to decreased blood flow, which can injure nerves and other tissues. This problem occurs when fatty material (plaque) builds up on the walls of the arteries. Individuals with PAD can experience nerve and tissue damage as well as an increased risk of heart attack or stroke.
PAD is a common disorder that usually affects men over age 50, however anyone can be at higher risk if they have a history of abnormal cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, kidney disease involving hemodialysis, smoking or stroke.
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