(BOSTON) -- Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a condition caused by plaque formation in the arteries of the legs, and this narrowing of the blood vessels increases the risk of heart attack and stroke.
A study conducted by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, involving a national survey of almost 7,500 adults, found that an estimated 7.1 million Americans have peripheral artery disease based on a simple screening test.
According to the findings of the study published in Circulation, authors found that only a third of the respondents said they took medicine to lower cholesterol, while only a quarter reported taking blood pressure-lowering medications.
Taking two or more of these medications was associated with a 65-percent lower rate of death, and based on the study’s findings, researchers say that millions of individuals with PAD don’t appear to be receiving medications that may reduce their risk of death.
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