Are You at Risk for PAD?
Diseases & Conditions

Infographic: Are You at Risk for PAD?

By on 09/23/2020

Many people don’t give aches in their legs a second thought. But if your leg pain doesn’t go away – or comes and goes – it could be a sign of a condition called peripheral artery disease or PAD.

This condition is treatable once you know you have it. Left untreated, it can lead to serious complications, including limb loss. Having PAD may also increase your risk of having other cardiovascular complications that may lead to heart attack or stroke. That’s why it’s important to be screened for PAD if you have any of the symptoms or risk factors included in this infographic.

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Are you at risk for PAD?

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a condition in which narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to your extremities -- usually your legs. If you have PAD, you have a higher risk of coronary artery disease, heart attack and stroke. 

Approximately 8 1/2 million Americans over age 40 have PAD. One in 20 people over age 50 have PAD.

PAD Risk Factors:
Cardiovascular disease
High blood pressure
High cholesterol
Physical inactivity
Personal or family history

Smokers have a four times higher risk of PAD than non-smokers. The best way to lower your risk of PAD is to quit.

PAD Symptoms:

Pain, cramping or tiredness in the legs when walking or climbing stairs.

Pain usually goes away with rest and returns with activity.
Pain may occur in the calf, thigh, hip or buttocks.

Some people have no symptoms or mistake PAD symptoms for something else.

Why Be Screened for PAD?

PAD can affect quality of life if left untreated, and may even lead to limb loss.

Since PAD is due to a build-up of plaque inside one or more arteries in your legs (atherosclerosis), it may also indicate that you have blockages in other arteries that can result in heart attack or stroke.

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