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Peripheral Arterial Disease

PAD affects between 8 million and 10 million Americans. It develops when arteries in your legs become clogged with plaque—fatty deposits that limit blood flow. It can limit your mobility, lead to leg amputation, and put you at greater risk for having a heart attack or stroke.

Your risks of developing PAD increase if you: Are over 50. Smoke or used to smoke. Have diabetes. Have high blood pressure. Have high blood cholesterol. Have a personal history of vascular disease, heart attack, or stroke. Are African American.

Learn more about peripheral arterial disease and discuss your risks with your doctor. Early detection and treatment make a difference.

Ask a Texas Heart Institute DoctorI have PAD in my leg, should my surgery be done by a general surgeon or a heart surgeon? — response by Dr. Denton Cooley.

Have a question about PAD?  Ask a Texas Heart Institute Doctor now.

Clinical Trials for Patients with Peripheral Arterial or Vascular Disease
The Stem Cell Center of the Texas Heart Institute in Houston, Texas is actively screening patients for a clinical study investigating the effects of injecting bone marrow derived stem cells directly into the leg muscle of patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD).

Learn more about Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)
PAD (Peripheral Aterial Disease)



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