Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is caused by a blockage, narrowing or hardening of the arteries in the legs. This may be commonly referred to as atherosclerosis.

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Your arteries deliver blood, rich in oxygen and other nutrients, from your heart to your head, organs and limbs (arms and legs). Plaque is also found in the blood, made up of fat, cholesterol, calcium, fibrous tissue and other substances. Over time, plaque can build up in the arteries and cause a blockage, leading to atherosclerosis, which is more commonly known as a “hardening of the arteries”.

Clogged arteries significantly reduce the amount of blood that can flow through them. The reduction in oxygen-rich blood to the organs, head and extremities can lead to a number of potentially serious conditions.

Patients with peripheral artery disease are at greater risk for limb loss, as well as heart attack and stroke.

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