Things You Need to Know About Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)
1. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a chronic disease in the legs or lower extremities resulting in the narrowing or blockage of the vessels that carry blood from the heart to the legs. The blockage or narrowing is caused by the buildup of fatty plaque in the arteries, called atherosclerosis. PAD can happen in any blood vessel but is usually found in the legs rather than the arms.