PERIPHERAL ARTERY DISEASE
Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) is a common circulatory problem that occurs when arteries in the legs and arms become narrowed or blocked. These blockages are often the result of a buildup of plaque (cholesterol) called atherosclerosis. PAD is dangerous because these blockages not only restrict blood flow and oxygen to the limbs, but they can affect other organs like the heart and brain. More than 3 million Americans are affected by PAD every year. PAD is the most common cause of lower leg amputations, and when diagnosed and treated early most amputations can be avoided.
Peripheral artery disease signs and symptoms include: