Peripheral arterial disease
Peripheral arterial disease
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Risk Factors of Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)

What puts you at risk for PAD?

  • Over the age of 50.
  • Smoke or used to smoke. Those who smoke or have a history of smoking have up to 4x greater risk of PAD.
  • Diabetes. 1 in 3 people over the age of 50 with diabetes is likely to have PAD.
  • High blood pressure. Raises the risk of developing plaque in the arteries.
  • High cholesterol. Excess cholesterol and fat in your blood contribute to the formation of plaque in the arteries, reducing or blocking blood flow to your heart, brain, or limbs.
  • History of vascular disease, heart attack, or stroke. If you have heart disease, you have a 1 in 3 chance of also having PAD.
  • African American or Hispanic. Some minority groups are more than twice as likely to have PAD.