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Does peripheral arterial disease only affect old people?

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Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care
2 doctors agree

In brief: Worse with age

Peripheral arterial disease is when the arteries (the vessels that carry the healthy, oxygenated blood to the tissues), become compromised (narrowed, blocked) and the tissues get less blood flow.
This worsens with age due to the cumulative effects of the many factors that affect us (cholesterol, smoking, obesity, lack of activity). As we get older, these get worse and affect us more and more.

In brief: Worse with age

Peripheral arterial disease is when the arteries (the vessels that carry the healthy, oxygenated blood to the tissues), become compromised (narrowed, blocked) and the tissues get less blood flow.
This worsens with age due to the cumulative effects of the many factors that affect us (cholesterol, smoking, obesity, lack of activity). As we get older, these get worse and affect us more and more.
Dr. Michael Miller
Dr. Michael Miller
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Dr. CHARLES TALAKKOTTUR
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

Risk factors include age over 50 years old, tobacco abuse, diabetes, high blood pressure, prior stroke, prior heart attack.

In brief: No

Risk factors include age over 50 years old, tobacco abuse, diabetes, high blood pressure, prior stroke, prior heart attack.
Dr. CHARLES TALAKKOTTUR
Dr. CHARLES TALAKKOTTUR
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