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Peripheral Arterial Disease of the Legs - What Increases Your Risk

Many things can increase your risk for atherosclerosis and peripheral arterial disease (PAD). These include:

  • Smoking.
  • High cholesterol.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Diabetes. People with diabetes often have arterial disease that is both more severe and more widespread than in people who don't have diabetes.
  • A family history of atherosclerosis or coronary artery disease.

The risk for PAD also increases with age.

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People who have the disease in one part of the body are likely to have it in other places, including the legs.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

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    Last Updated: August 13, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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