Peripheral Artery Disease

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Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) is primarily caused by atherosclerosis, a condition characterized by the buildup of fatty deposits, cholesterol, and other substances on the inner walls of arteries. The formation of plaques narrows and restricts blood flow to the extremities, most commonly affecting the legs. Several factors contribute to the development of PAD, and certain individuals are at a higher risk.

Here are key causes and risk factors:

Causes:

  • Atherosclerosis: The leading cause of PAD is atherosclerosis, the accumulation of plaque in the arteries. Over time, this process can result in the narrowing or blockage of blood vessels.