Peripheral Arterial Disease (P.A.D.)

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is peripheral arterial disease, or P.A.D.?

Peripheral arterial disease (P.A.D.) is a disease in which plaque (plak) builds up in the arteries that carry blood to your head, organs, and limbs. Plaque is made up of fat, cholesterol, calcium, fibrous tissue, and other substances in the blood.

P.A.D. currently affects millions of Americans, and about 1 in every 20 Americans over the age of 50 has P.A.D.