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If I have peripheral artery disease (pad), will I have a heart attack?

Higher risk. If you have peripheral artery disease (pad). You are at a much higher risk of both heart attack and stroke than someone who does not. That is because the same build-up in the arteries of a fatty substance called plaque that is a cause of peripheral artery disease is also a cause of heart attack and stroke. Read more...

Several family members passed from Peripheral Artery Disease, I am only 24, is it possible to be experiencing symptoms of this now?

Yes but rare. If experiencing symptoms you can get evaluation of circulation by pressure measurements and ultrasound. If family history is strong you should have in depth lipid profile. Best things you can do are not smoke, eat well, and be active, at least 30-40 minutes 4-5 days a week of some type of exercise. Further therapy would be dictated by lab and other test results. Read more...

Is it safe to run with peripheral artery disease?

Yes. Yes. As long as you can tolerate the pain, any form of regular exercise is actually a good thing and will increase your endurance. Read more...
Maybe. It depends on how severe your pad is. If you can only walk 4 or 5 blocks before your legs start to hurt, then it is probably a real bad idea to run. Pad causes decreased blood flow to the legs. If you run, you need more blood flow. If your disease is only minor, you may be able to run, but i would ask the physician that told you you had pad. Read more...