Narrator: Certain conditions and habits increase your risk of developing P.A.D.
Andrew: I smoked like a house afire for many years.
Rita: I did not know that my blood pressure being high could be a contributing factor to P.A.D.
Mike: I have a heart condition and the doctor says I might have had a mild heart attack at one point.
Narrator: Andrew, Mike, and Rita all had risk factors that made P.A.D. more likely. And your chances of getting P.A.D. may be increased if you are over the age of 50, especially if you're African American; if you smoke or you used to smoke; if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol; if you have vascular disease or you've had a heart attack or stroke; or if you have a history of these in your family. If all this is starting to make you think "that could be me or someone I love," talk to your health care provider, even if you don't have symptoms.