Peripheral Artery Disease

One of the most common forms of vascular disease is peripheral artery disease, or PAD. The American Heart Association says PAD may affect 8 to 12 million people. It is simple to detect, but it's often missed until it reaches an advanced stage. Finding and treating it early can make a big difference in both the quality and length of your life.

PAD symptoms

Know the symptoms of PAD and ask your doctor to check them out.

  • Pain
    Pain or fatigue in the legs is the most common symptom of PAD. It can affect the hips, thighs or calves. It may happen after walking and disappear after a few minutes rest.
  • Cold and numb feet and toes
  • Slow-healing sores
  • Foot pain when you are at rest
  • Discoloration of the feet and ankles

PAD risk factors

African Americans and people over 50 have increased risk of PAD. You can't control your age or race, but you can control these risk factors:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • High cholesterol
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Smoking

Are you at risk for PAD?

Take this survey to find out whether you are at risk.