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NIH Public Bulletin – October 2010

NIHSeniorHealth Highlights Peripheral Arterial Disease

Format: Web Site
Institute: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), National Institute on Aging (NIA), National Library of Medicine (NLM)

A new section on NIHSeniorHealth, NIH's senior-friendly health and wellness Web site, features information about the risk factors, diagnosis, and treatment of peripheral arterial disease (P.A.D.). P.A.D. develops when arteries become clogged with fatty deposits, limiting blood flow. It affects an estimated 8–12 million people, most of them over the age of 50. People with P.A.D. often experience numbness in the legs and have difficulty walking or climbing stairs. They also are at risk for heart disease and stroke.

Next Steps

You can learn more about P.A.D. at www.nihseniorhealth.gov/peripheralarterialdisease/toc.html. To make the Web site accessible to older adults, NIHSeniorHealth includes short, easy-to-read segments of information in a number of formats, including various large-print type sizes, open-captioned videos, and an audio version.

This page last reviewed on October 17, 2012

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