Peripheral Arterial Disease
Ask the Heart Expert
What is peripheral arterial disease and am I at risk?
Peripheral arterial disease is a condition in which fatty deposits build up in the arteries outside the heart. These deposits often restrict blood circulation in the legs and cause leg pain during activity. Many people, however, have no symptoms.
People with peripheral arterial disease have a four-to-five times greater risk of heart attack or stroke than those without the disease. You are at greater risk of peripheral artery disease if you:
- Are over age 50
- Are overweight
- Have diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol
The good news: Early diagnosis and treatment
can help improve symptoms and reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. Talk to your doctor or call OHSU's Knight Cardiovascular Institute at 503 494-1775 to schedule an appointment today.
This Q&A does not constitute medical advice. For specific medical advice regarding testing, evaluation or diagnosis, consult your healthcare provider or a licensed healthcare professional.