Peripheral Artery Disease (P.A.D.)

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Peripheral artery 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. usually affects the arteries in the legs, but it also can affect the arteries that carry blood from your heart to your head, arms, kidneys, and stomach.

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