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Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a condition that affects the arteries of the limbs that has a slow onset and can lead to amputation. It normally presents as pain in the legs which starts with exercise, but when the disease progresses pain is present at rest. PAD can also be an indication that the arteries of the heart and the entire body are diseased resulting in coronary artery disease and carotid stenosis, which cause heart attack and stroke. These conditions and amputations can be avoided with bypass surgery, whereby the blockage in the artery is bypassed with a graft, joining the healthy ends of the artery together.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by MedIndia.com
About: Loss of limbs from artery disease
Date: 10 July 2005
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