Who is affected by peripheral arterial disease of the legs

About 1 out of 5 adults over 55 have peripheral arterial disease (PAD).1 People who have the disease in one part of the body are likely to have it in other places, including the legs.

The risk for PAD increases with age. People who smoke or have diabetes are at a significantly higher risk for developing the disease.


  1. Cassar K (2007). Peripheral arterial disease, search date December 2006. Online version of BMJ Clinical Evidence: http://www.clinicalevidence.com.

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