Peripheral arterial disease is a common circulatory problem in which plaque (plak) builds up in the arteries that carry blood to your limbs and other organs. Our Vascular experts in Monmouth and Ocean county states that plaque is made up of fat, cholesterol, calcium, and other substances in the blood.
When you develop peripheral arterial disease (PAD), your extremities — usually your legs — don’t receive enough blood flow to keep up with your daily demand. This causes symptoms, most notably leg pain when walking (intermittent claudication).
Peripheral arterial disease is also likely to be a sign of a more widespread accumulation of plaque in your arteries (atherosclerosis). This condition may be reducing blood flow to your heart and brain, as well as your legs.
Often, you can successfully treat peripheral artery disease by quitting tobacco, exercising and eating a healthy diet.
Factors that increase your risk of developing peripheral artery disease include: