Peripheral artery disease (PAD) contributes to increased risk for myocardial infarction and stroke.
* Leg numbness and a lower temperature in the lower leg or foot. The reduced blood flow is typical for PAD
*Treatments can help manage PAD but there is no known cure
In PAD, the legs or arms — usually the legs — do not receive enough blood flow to keep up with demand. This may cause leg pain when walking (claudication) and other symptoms.
PAD is usually a sign of a buildup of fatty deposits in the arteries (atherosclerosis). Atherosclerosis causes narrowing of the arteries that can reduce blood flow in the legs and, sometimes, the arms.
The American Heart Association recommends four important lifestyle changes : following a heart-healthy diet, avoiding tobacco smoke/smoking, staying active and achieving a healthy weight.
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