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Peripheral Arterial Disease

One in every 20 Americans over 50 has peripheral arterial disease, or PAD. 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.

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