Peripheral artery disease, or PAD, is the result of plaque buildup in the arteries that supply blood to the limbs, usually the legs. It causes symptoms like pain, and can lead to more severe blockages that, if left untreated, can result in amputation. People with peripheral artery disease are also at increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Treatments for peripheral artery disease include procedures like peripheral artery bypass graft surgery or stent implantation. But your doctor may also prescribe a blood thinner to help reduce your risk for blood clots that can cut off blood and oxygen to your limbs.
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