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Spreading awareness for blocked arteries disease in your legs

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YAKIMA, Wash. – Doctors at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital and its affiliate services want to educate the public about Peripheral Arterial Disease, which causes arteries primarily in your legs to clog.

Dr. Justin Robinson of Yakima Vascular Associates says it is important for someone to check for P.A.D. even before they have trouble in their legs.

"At first there may be no symptoms at all but it's still important to know whether you have it," he said. "There's an increased risk of having a heart attack or stroke if you have P.A.D."

Part of the campaign this September, during P.A.D. Awareness Month, is to inform the public that there are easy, pain-free methods to check for the disease. Robinson says you should talk to your doctor about scheduling a test.

The American Heart Association says P.A.D. is common among adults 50 and older. Smoking is listed as a major risk factor, according to Robinson.

Patients with P.A.D. may experience trouble walking at first but without proper treatment, they may need amputation.