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Common PAD Risk Factors

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    YOUR AGE

    Are over the age of 50.

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    ARE MALE

    While women can also develop PAD–with or without any symptoms–the disease predominantly affects men.

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    SMOKE OR USED TO SMOKE

    Smokers and ex-smokers alike have up to four times greater risk of developing PAD.

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    HAVE DIABETES

    One in every three people over the age of 50 with diabetes is likely to have PAD.

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    HAVE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

    Also known as hypertension, high blood pressure significantly raises the risk of developing plaque in the arteries.

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    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.

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    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.

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    ARE AFRICAN AMERICAN

    African Americans are more than twice as likely to have PAD as their white counterparts.

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    BUILDUP

    Plaque buildup in the arteries.

Lifestyle Changes to Prevent & Improve PAD

One in every 20 Americans over the age of 50 has Pheripheral Artery Disease (PAD), a condition that raises the risk for heart attack & stroke.

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Quit Smoking

Request help from health care provider. They can develop an effective cessation plan for you.

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Lower Your Numbers

Work with your health care provider to correct any high blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood glucose levels.

Exercise

Exercise Regularly

Aim for 30 minutes of moderate intensity activity each day. Doing an activity you enjoy will motivate you to keep it up in the future.

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Eat Healthy

Work with your health care provider to create a personalized diet plan to control your numbers.

Achieve a Healthy Weight

Achieve a Healthy Weight

If you are overweight, work with your health care provider to develop a supervised weight loss plan that is right for you.

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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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