Peripheral Artery Disease – also known as peripheral arterial disease, a narrowing of the peripheral arteries, can start with something as simple as minor leg pain but can lead to something as severe as a heart attack, stroke or amputation. It can easily be treated but early diagnosis is key.
Atherosclerosis – is a disease in which plaque builds up in the wall of an artery. Usually occurs when a person has high levels of cholesterol, a fat like substance in the blood.
Symptoms occur intermittently you may not always feel pain, instead you may feel tightness, heaviness and weakness in one or both of your legs.
Risk Factors for PAD:
- High Cholesterol level in the blood
- High blood pressure
- Lack of exercise or physical activity
- Having family history of heart or vascular disease