If you are experiencing a medical emergency please dial 911 immediately
Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) of the legs is hardening and narrowing of the arteries (atherosclerosis) that supply oxygen-rich blood to the legs. It results in reduced blood flow to the lower body, which "starves" the muscles and other tissues.
Last Revised: October 14, 2011
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology & David A. Szalay, MD - Vascular Surgery
To learn more visit Healthwise.org
© 1995-2013 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.