What causes peripheral artery disease?
PAD and atherosclerosis develop when plaque builds up on the inside of your arteries. While your family history contributes to your risk of peripheral artery disease, other factors also increase your chances of developing the conditions. For example, you have a higher risk of peripheral artery disease if you:
- Have diabetes
- Have high blood pressure
- Have high cholesterol
- Are overweight or obese
Your risk of PAD also increases with age. If you have any of these symptoms, you should make an appointment to find out what's causing them and get appropriate treatment.