Extremity Arterial Stenosis

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Extremity artery stenosis, a type of peripheral arterial disease (PAD), is caused when plaque builds up in the arteries, decreasing the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the muscles and tissues of the legs and feet. PAD affects up to 12 million Americans, and the vast majority of patients do not know they have the disease. Dare to CARE helps uncover PAD and while most patients can be treated effectively with conservative measures, such as exercise programs and treating hypertension or diabetes, it is critical to identify asymptomatic patients who may be at risk for greater complications. PAD is a significant marker for heart disease and stroke therefore patients with PAD need aggressive risk factor management.[i]


[i] National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Facts about Peripheral Arterial Disease. http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/pad/docs/pad_extfctsht_general_508.pdf