What do I need to know about PAD?

Some uncomfortable symptoms, such as heavy, tired or painful legs and feet could indicate you may have peripheral artery disease (PAD). But many people don’t even recognize they have the disease. They may think their leg pain and trouble walking are just signs of getting older.

Find a doctor – If you’re looking for a second opinion, we recommend that you talk to a PAD specialist. Click the button to find a PAD specialist near you.

What you should know:

  • Left untreated, PAD can lead to amputation
  • PAD causes arteries in the legs to become narrow and hardened, limiting blood flow to the legs and feet
  • The disease affects up to 20 million people — more than cancer, stroke and congestive heart failure41–43
  • People with the worst form of PAD, known as critical limb ischemia or CLI are at risk for an amputation
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Take a Stand: Catching PAD early is very important. Talk to your doctor or consult a PAD specialist to discuss your options. Not all physicians are PAD specialists. Don’t be afraid to ask for a second opinion.

Talk to Your Doctor

Only a health care professional can diagnose you with PAD. Our Symptom Quiz can help guide the conversation about your treatment options.

Take the Symptom Quiz

Click below to take the interactive Symptom Quiz. You can print your answers out and take them with you to a doctor to help guide your conversation about PAD.

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