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Peripheral Artery Disease

Smoking & PAD Risk

A smoker is anyone who has smoked 100 cigarettes in her lifetime and currently smokes some days or every day. You may already know that smoking raises your risk of heart disease, but the damage caused by smoking is not limited to your heart. The harmful chemicals in cigarette smoke affect all the blood vessels in your body, putting you at risk for Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) as well.1

More than 21 million American women smoke, and these women die on average 15 years earlier than nonsmokers.2,3 Smoking kills 174,000 American women each year.1

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Smoking & Your Heart
Smoking & Vein Disease Risk

How does smoking affect my PAD risk?

Smokers have a higher risk of PAD. Smoking has an especially large impact on PAD in...
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Race, Ethnicity & PAD Risk

What do race and ethnicity mean?

The terms "race" and "ethnicity" are used to refer to people of similar cultural, religious, tribal, or geographic ancestry. However, both terms are notoriously difficult to define, and the divisions are not always based on biology rather than appearance.1,2...
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Other Heart Conditions & PAD Risk

How do other heart and blood vessel conditions affect my risk of PAD?

PAD is caused by atherosclerosis, the buildup of fatty plaque on the walls of the arteries that occurs gradually over a lifetime. Because atherosclerosis affects all the blood vessels in your body, if you have one type of...
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