RISKS

Common PAD Risk Factors

  • YOUR AGE
    Are over the age of 50.
  • ARE MALE
    While women can also develop PAD–with or without any symptoms–the disease predominantly affects men.
  • SMOKE OR USED TO SMOKE
    Smokers and ex-smokers alike have up to four times greater risk of developing PAD.
  • HAVE DIABETES
    One in every three people over the age of 50 with diabetes is likely to have PAD.
  • HAVE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
    Also known as hypertension, high blood pressure significantly raises the risk of developing plaque in the arteries.
  • HIGH LEVELS OF CHOLESTEROL
    Excess cholesterol and fat in your blood contribute to the formation of plaque in the arteries, reducing or blocking blood flow to your heart, brain, or limbs
  • HISTORY OF VASCULAR DISEASE
    Have a personal history of vascular disease, heart attack, or stroke. If you have heart disease, you have a one in three chance of also having PAD.
  • ARE AFRICAN AMERICAN
    African Americans are more than twice as likely to have PAD as their white counterparts.
  • BUILDUP
    Plaque buildup in the arteries.

Lifestyle Changes to Prevent & Improve PAD

Heart and Vascular disease treatment

YOU CAN LOWER YOUR RISK FOR PAD

Timely detection and treatment of PAD can improve the quality of your life; help you keep your independence and mobility; and reduce your risk of heart attack, stroke, leg amputation, and even death.

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