Our arteries play a major role in sustaining life and proper function is responsible
for the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to all cells.
One in every 20 Americans over the age of 50 has peripheral arterial disease (PAD).
PAD affects more than eight million people in the U.S. Individuals with PAD suffer
a five-fold increased relative risk of a cardiovascular ischemic event and total
morality that is two to three fold greater than those without PAD.
- High cholesterol
- Lack of exercise
- Males are more prone to PAD, but women are at risk as well
- Family history of vascular problems
- African Americans and Hispanics are at particular risk of PAD