What is the link between high blood pressure and PAD?
High blood pressure increases your risk of having a heart attack, stroke, eye problems, and kidney disease. People who have high blood pressure also have a higher risk of having Peripheral Artery Disease or PAD. Over time, high blood pressure can harm the walls of blood vessels. The walls become rougher and thicker and there is a greater buildup of plaque. This causes the arteries to harden and narrow, making it harder for blood to flow through the blood vessels. Treating high blood pressure is a very important part of treating PAD. You can prevent or delay a heart attack, stroke and other health problems by having your blood pressure checked at every health care visit (or at least two to four times a year) and by taking action to reach your blood pressure goal.