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Causes

Most Common Cause is Atherosclerosis

The most common cause of PAD is atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries.

What is Atherosclerosis?

In atherosclerosis, plaque builds up in your artery walls and reduces blood flow. The exact cause of atherosclerosis is't known, but certain factors can damage the inner layers of the arteries, causing plaque to build up.

Risk Factors

Risk factors for atherosclerosis include:

  • Smoking
  • High levels of fats in the blood
  • High levels of cholesterol in the blood
  • High blood pressure

Contact Information

Cardiovascular Medicine
Division of the CardioVascular Institute
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
617-667-8800

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