(HealthDay News) -- Peripheral artery disease (PAD) occurs when
thick plaque accumulates in the arteries (most often in the legs)
and restricts blood flow to the heart, brain, other organs and
The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute mentions these risk
factors for PAD:
- Being a smoker.
- Being older.
- Having diabetes or a common precursor, metabolic syndrome.
- Having high blood pressure or high cholesterol.
- Having coronary heart disease.
- Having a family history of stroke.
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