Are you experiencing leg pain and difficulty walking? Don’t dismiss it as simply ‘getting older’! It may be a symptom of peripheral artery disease (PAD). PAD affects over 8.5 million Americans, but it is manageable when diagnosed early. “Those at the highest risk of PAD are older than 50, with high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. PAD also is caused by eating high-fat foods, lack of exercise, smoking, stress or excess weight. The more risk factors you have, the greater your chances of developing PAD.” Read here to learn more about PAD. Health-related information on this website including text, graphics, images, and other material is for educational purposes only and therefore not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately.