5 Risk Factors For Peripheral Artery Disease
Do you have Peripheral Artery Disease?
5 risk factors you may have PAD
- You’re obese or out of shape. Obesity is a catalyst for a number of diseases. However, exercise to lose weight has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. Additionally, studies have found that exercise may also reduce the risk of PAD.
- You have diabetes. Diabetes is a condition in which the blood sugar is consistently high. When the blood sugar is high, it damages the blood vessels and arteries. People with diabetes have a high risk of developing PAD. This is why it’s so important to check your blood sugar and keep it as normal as possible.
- You’re over 45. As you age, your risk of developing PAD increases. So, being over 45 years old increases your risk of PAD. This is because as you age, your arteries become more fragile and narrow. When PAD strikes, the arteries will be more frail and narrow.
- You’ve had a heart attack before. People who previously suffered a heart attack or stroke are more likely to have PAD since the same process that narrows the arteries to the heart is likely also narrowing the arteries in the legs.
- You have a history of smoking. A systematic review showed that half of PAD cases are due to smoking. Even if you are not yet symptomatic, all smokers should be screened for PAD.
Now that you’re in the know, please connect with us should you feel you have PAD or are at-risk for developing the condition so we can combat it together.