Knowing your risk for Peripheral Artery Disease

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Baton Rouge, LA (NBC 33/Fox 44)-Peripheral Artery Disease, or PAD, is a common circulatory problem in which narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to your limbs. It affects more than 12 million Americans and health officials say that number continues to grow each year.

According to the experts at the Cardiovascular Institute of the South, PAD develops when your arteries become clogged with plaque, or fatty deposits, that limit blood flow to your legs. Just like clogged arteries in the heart, clogged arteries i n the legs mean you are at risk for having a heart attack or stroke.

The frightening part is PAD often goes unrecognized as its main symptom of leg pain is typically attributed to aging. And if left untreated, PAD can lead to amputation. So it’s important to know your risk.

Risk Factors of PAD:
Family History of PAD
Smoking
Diabetes
Obesity (a body mass index over 30)
High blood pressure
High cholesterol
Increasing age (over the age of 50 )

For more information on PAD, visit the Cardiovascular Institute of the South’s website.

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