PERIPHERAL ARTERY DISEASE CAUSES AND RISK FACTORS
Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) is a manifestation of systemic atherosclerotic disease. The majority of PAD patients are asymptomatic but when symptoms do appear, atypical leg pain - also known as intermittent claudication - is the most common. Non-healing wounds are another symptom of PAD.
Causes and risk factors include:
- High Cholesterol
- Abdominal Obesity
- Advanced Age
- Diabetes Mellitus
- Family History of PAD or coronary artery disease (CAD)
- Kidney disease
Risk factors for PAD are also similar to those for CAD and most patients may be suffering from both. Diabetes and PAD are also linked.
The key to treating PAD is early detection. If any of the above risk factors sound like they might pertain to you, ask your physician for a diagnostic test. If needed your doctor can work with you to determine a treatment plan best for you.
Did you know?
A person with diabetes has 2 – 5 times higher risk for PAD4