Peripheral Vascular Disease Causes
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Causes of Peripheral Vascular Disease
PAD is usually caused by a gradual buildup of plaque within the arteries ( Atherosclerosis ). Other causes include blood clots or embolisms, congenital heart disease, and inflammation of the blood vessels (vasculitis).
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PAD can be hereditary. More commonly, you may get PAD if you are overweight or Overweight , or have High Blood Pressure , diabetes , or High Cholesterol. Unhealthy lifestyle choices such as smoking, eating a high-fat diet, and not exercising enough frequently lead to PAD.