Learn who's at risk for PAD (Peripheral Arterial Disease) which can cause pain and cramping in the legs, and how to treat it.
Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a type of vascular/arterial disease that occurs when the arteries in your legs become blocked and don't receive enough blood or oxygen
· PAD can cause discomfort or pain when you walk, as well as in your hips, buttocks, thighs, knees, shins, or upper feet.
· You are more likely to develop PAD as you age. People older than age 50 have an increased risk of developing the disease, and men have a greater risk than. One in 3 people age 70 or older has PAD.
· Smoking or having diabetes increases your chances of developing the disease sooner. Other factors that increase your chances of developing the disease include high blood pressure, high cholesterol and being overweight.
· PAD is caused when arteries become blocked through a process called atherosclerosis, which means hardening of the arteries. As you age, a sticky substance called plaque can build up in the walls of your arteries, causing your arteries to narrow and stiffen.
· It is important to treat PAD, because it may place you at a greater risk for having a heart attack or stroke.
· PAD can be treated in several ways, including lifestyle changes, medication and surgery.