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Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) involves the narrowing of blood vessels that prevent proper blood flow to the limbs. It is often caused by atherosclerosis, a condition in which fatty deposits collect on artery walls and reduce blood flow. PAD most commonly occurs in the legs, but can also affect arteries in the arms, stomach, and head.
Many people mistake its symptoms for something else, such as arthritis or diabetic neuropathy, so PAD often goes undiagnosed. This can be particularly troublesome, as peripheral arterial disease increases an individual’s risk for coronary artery disease, heart attack, and stroke.
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It’s important to consult with your physician if you experience these, or any other symptoms.
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To connect with a vascular surgeon, please call (209) 564-4500 or use our Find A Doctor tool.