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Peripheral arterial disease

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Introduction
Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a common condition in which a build-up of fatty deposits in the arteries restricts the blood supply to leg muscles.
Symptoms of peripheral arterial disease
Many people with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) may not have any symptoms. However, you people may feel painful aching in your leg muscles.
Causes of peripheral arterial disease
Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is usually caused by a build-up of fatty deposits on the walls of the arteries inside the legs.
Diagnosing peripheral arterial disease
If your GP suspects a diagnosis of peripheral arterial disease (PAD), they will usually first carry out a physical examination of your leg.
Treating peripheral arterial disease
There are two main types of treatment used in the management of peripheral arterial disease (PAD).
Complications of peripheral arterial disease
The build up of fat in the arteries(atherosclerosis) that causes peripheral arterial disease (PAD) can also lead to other serious conditions.
Preventing peripheral arterial disease
The most effective way to prevent peripheral arterial disease (PAD) or stop your symptoms of PAD worsening is to tackle the build up of fat in your arteries.