Does being obese put you at higher risk of peripheral artery disease? Unfortunately, the answer seems to be yes.
Peripheral artery disease, or PAD, affects blood vessels outside the heart and brain—so those arteries that supply blood to the arms, legs, etc. The blood vessels become stiff and narrow, often because of a buildup of fatty deposits, and aren’t able to supply enough oxygen-rich blood throughout the body.
A common symptom of PAD is leg pain or cramping when walking or climbing stairs. If PAD is not treated, it can progress to critical limb ischemia (CLI). With CLI...Read More