How Can PAD Be Confused With Diabetes?

Circulation problems overlap patient groups.

Diabetic Foot Disorders Are More Common

Diabetes can be a precursor to peripheral artery disease (PAD) but the disease can also become manifest without prior history of diabetes. Many PAD patients are symptom­less until advanced stages. Untreated PAD can be dangerous because it may lead to painful symptoms or loss of a leg. PAD patients have an increased risk of coronary artery disease, stroke and myocardial infarction (heart attack).

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