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The most common disease of the arteries is atherosclerosis, or “hardening of the arteries,” also known as peripheral artery disease (PAD). Anyone over the age of 65 is at risk for PAD. Other risk factors include diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, tobacco use, heart disease, and a family history of vascular disease.

Early detection of PAD is vital to avoid complications and improve function. Management of risk factors, lifestyle modification (stop smoking) and medications can all improve the outcome of patients with PAD. By working holistically with patients’ primary care physicians, risk factors are minimized and patients can continue to engage in their normal daily activities to stay healthy and active.