A 25-year-old male asked:
Why are people with peripheral artery disease(legs) at greater risk of heart attack and stroke than someone with coronary artery disease(heart)?
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Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Generalization: Peripheral vascular disease is often a marker for someone who has vascular disease throughout their body, usually due to smoking, genetics, and diet issues, to name a few causes. As such they are at high risk for symptoms in the other critical vascular beds in the body like the heart and brain.
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