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THE FACTS ABOUT PAD
Peripheral Arterial Disease
One in every 20 Americans over the age of 50 has PAD, a condition that raises the risk for heart attack and stroke.
Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) develops when your arteries become clogged with plaque—fatty deposits that limit blood flow to your legs. Just like clogged arteries in the heart, clogged arteries in the legs mean you are at risk for having a heart attack or stroke.
Plaque buildup in the legs does not always cause symptoms, so many people can have PAD and not know it. People who do experience symptoms, such as pain or cramping in the legs, often do not report them, believing they are a natural part of aging or due to another cause. In all, PAD affects 8 to 12 million people in the United States, especially those over 50.