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Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) happens when there is a narrowing of the blood vessels outside of your heart. The cause of PAD is atherosclerosis. This happens when plaque builds up on the walls of the arteries that supply blood to the arms and legs. Plaque is a substance made up of fat and cholesterol. It causes the arteries to narrow or become blocked. This can reduce or stop blood flow, usually to the legs. If severe enough, blocked blood flow can cause tissue death and can sometimes lead to amputation of the foot or leg.

The main risk factor for PAD is smoking. Other risk factors include older age and diseases like diabetes, high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke.

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  1. Peripheral Arterial Disease (National Library of Medicine)  
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  2. Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) (American Diabetes Association)  
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  3. Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) and Limb Loss Easy-to-Read (Amputee Coalition of America)  
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  6. About Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) (American Heart Association)  
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  7. Understand Your Risk for PAD (American Heart Association)  
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  8. Peripheral Arterial Disease From the National Institutes of Health (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)  
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