Peripheral artery disease occurs when the blood vessels outside of the heart develop a build-up of fat and cholesterol and the artery becomes narrower, which restricts blood flow to the body’s tissues.
Due to the buildup of plaque in your arteries, having peripheral artery disease puts you at a greater risk for heart attack or stroke.
Symptoms of peripheral artery disease are typically pain in the legs and calves during activity. Other symptoms may include:
Women may not experience symptoms as early as men, and may not experience pain in the legs during activity.
If you or a loved one have two or more of the risk factors below, register for a free vascular screening at our Spectrum Health Integrated Care Campus - North Muskegon to determine your peripheral artery disease risk. Availability is limited, so schedule your appointment today.