PAD: millions undiagnosed or untreated

U.S. Pharmacist, 04/06/2012

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is caused by a buildup of fatty materials (atheroma) in the arteries that carry blood from the heart to the head, internal organs, and limbs. Over time, these fatty deposits reduce blood flow to the organs, resulting in a narrowing of the arteries and circulatory problems. Other causes of PAD include injuries to blood vessels, blood–clotting disorders, tissue ischemia, congenital heart disease, and inflammation of the blood vessels (vasculitis).

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