Peripheral Artery Disease - Causes

Atherosclerosis is the main cause of PAD. Plaque buildup in the arteries is called atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is a disease in which a waxy substance called plaque builds up on the inner lining of arteries. Plaque is made up of fat, cholesterol, fibrous tissue, and calcium. In PAD, plaque may reduce or fully block the flow of oxygen-rich blood through arteries to the body’s vital organs and the limbs.

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  • Source: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
  • Date Content Published: Monday, November 16, 2015 at 12:00 PM
  • Date Syndication Captured: Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 01:09 PM
  • Date Syndication Updated: Friday, January 28, 2022 at 12:42 AM


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