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How Coronary Artery Disease and Peripheral Artery Disease are Related

A vascular and interventional radiologist discusses how coronary artery disease (CAD) and peripheral artery disease (PAD) are correlated. There is an association between coronary artery disease and peripheral artery disease. Many people may not know about the narrowing or hardening of the arteries outside of the heart. Those are what we define as the peripheral arteries. We usually think about those being in the legs, but they could also be the arteries in the kidney, liver, or brain.

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We know that up to 2/3 of patients that have PAD also have CAD. Oftentimes patients are not diagnosed properly. Many times they will be diagnosed with CAD but will not be evaluated for PAD. The problem with that is that people that have both diseases are at greater risk of heart issues. These people would be more likely to have severe blockages. As PAD is becoming more understood, it is important that people think to get evaluated. We should associate peripheral artery disease with coronary artery disease so that people who have CAD are recommended to get evaluated for PAD as well.