Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)
Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) is a disease of the blood vessels outside the heart and brain. This condition is caused by a narrowing of vessels that carry blood to the legs and feet, arms, brain, stomach or kidneys. People with peripheral artery disease have a higher risk of coronary artery disease, heart attack or stroke.
Risk factors for PAD include: a history of smoking, diabetes, advanced age, high blood pressure, excess weight, high cholesterol, and a family history of the disease.
Common peripheral artery disease signs and symptoms
can be unexplained leg pain or cramping (especially during exercise or walking), skin problems or discoloration of the legs and feet, poor toenail growth, or leg or foot wounds that are slow to heal.