Am I At Risk of Peripheral Artery Disease?
Risk Factors for Peripheral Artery DiseaseSince PAD is a form of cardiovascular disease, the conditions which are associated with heart health are associated with PAD. Some of these risk factors include:
- Age: PAD is most common in adults over the age of 50.
- Race: African Americans are twice as likely to have PAD.
- Obesity: Those who are overweight are at a much higher risk of heart disease than those who maintain a normal weight.
- Diabetes: One in three people over age 50 with diabetes is likely to also have PAD.
- High cholesterol and blood pressure: Cholesterol can contribute to plaque build-up, increasing your risk for developing PAD.
- Smoking: Patients who have a history of smoking or who currently smoke are four times more likely to develop PAD.