Left untreated, PAD can lead to amputation
Kidney disease can make PAD worse
The kidneys are extremely sensitive to any decrease in blood flow, and some people can develop kidney disease as a result of hardening arteries, also called atherosclerosis. This hardening of the arteries can also affect your legs, feet and toes. That means that individuals with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) are at a greater risk of developing peripheral artery disease (PAD).
Know your risk
If you have poorly functioning kidneys, you might have calcium built up inside your arteries,39 which can limit blood flow to your legs and feet. As the calcium continues to build up, you might be at risk of developing the worst form of PAD, which is called critical limb ischemia (CLI).5 Kidney disease also can lead to an increased risk of PAD-related amputation, which can have a significant impact on your quality of life.25 It can also put your life at risk, and kidney disease is a contributing factor to this possible outcome.25
If you’ve been diagnosed with kidney disease and you are concerned about PAD, talk with your Nephrologist or other health care professional.
Use our Find a Doctor tool to locate a PAD specialist and begin a conversation about your options.
THE GOOD NEWS: There are many TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR PAD. So don’t wait. Discuss your symptoms with your doctor now.
Talk to Your Doctor
Only a health care professional can diagnose you with PAD. Our Risk Factor Quiz can help guide the conversation about your treatment options.
Take the Risk Factor Quiz
Click below to take the interactive Risk Factor Quiz. You can print your answers out and take them with you to a doctor to help guide your conversation about PAD.