A build up of cholesterol and plaque in the arteries of the lower extremities causing decreased blood flow to the legs and feet.
Blood volumes in the lower extremities can be affected by various systemtic disoders such as diabetes or peipheral arterial disease.
According to the American Heart Association between 8 and 10 million Americans have Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)
You Should Be Tested if you are over 50 years of age with a history of tobacco use or have diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, a family history of artery disease, obesity, inactivity or anyone over age of 70.
The American Diabetes Association urges all diabetic patients to be tested once a year for amputation prevention.