What are the risk factors for peripheral artery disease?

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Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) occurs when the leg arteries begin to narrow, typically due to atherosclerosis or the accumulation of plaque in your artery walls. This reduces blood flow which allows oxygen-rich blood to enter the skin and muscles and affects your ability to walk and treat injuries. Plaque ruptures can also occur which can cause blood clots that could restrict or even completely block the flow of blood.


Risk factors are a thing that increases the chance of having a health issue. People can develop PAD without or in addition to those that are listed below. The likelihood of developing PAD is higher for those who have a number of. Anyone can develop PAD, but there are some factors that raise your risk, including.

  • Diabetes
  • Having any injuries or ulcers on the foot or leg
  • Having a history of smoking
  • Having a history of hypertension
  • Feeling sleeping leg or foot pain
  • One foot feels colder than the other
  • Neuropathy
  • High cholesterol
  • History of a heart attack or stent
  • Being over the age of 65

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