Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)
Peripheral Arterial Disease, also called PAD, is a disease of the arteries where the blood flow is diminished or blocked due to a narrowing called atherosclerosis. This is caused by the development of plaque or fatty deposits that narrow the arterial lumen.
Peripheral artery disease occurs most often in the arteries taking blood flow to the legs, but it can also affect the arteries that go to the brain, aorta, kidneys, intestines, and arms. When vital tissues or organs of the body do not receive enough blood supply due to a blockage, the consequences could lead to a stroke, heart attack, loss of a limb, or death.