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Can A Person Die From Peripheral Artery Disease & Can It Cause A Stroke?

Peripheral artery disease patients may live a poor quality of life and your movement can turn harder.(1)

PAD doesn’t kill you, but coronary artery complications do. Unfortunately, PAD patients have coronary artery complications.(2)

PAD patients are at a greater risk of having a heart attack or stroke.(3)(4)

Peripheral artery disease is often silent, however, every so often they become fatal, but at the same time, they are potentially preventable. Four major factors can change our health and lead to a life-threatening condition. This includes smoking, high cholesterol, blood pressure, and diabetes.

Several analyses have shown that too many people who are suffering from cardiovascular problems have been undergoing any of the above factors.

Can A Person Die From Peripheral Artery Disease?

Past studies demonstrated that peripheral artery diseases are not as deadly as coronary artery disease and don’t kill you. However, with the advancement in medicine and with the latest research, it is evident PAD appears in different forms and certain forms of this disorder possess varying risks causing significant morbidity and death rates.

Advanced stages of peripheral artery disease may cause the kidney to fail and even certain cases result in foot or leg amputation.

PAD is often associated with atherosclerosis, when PAD patients start showing atherosclerosis symptoms, the condition is termed to be severe and these patients die from a heart attack, stroke, or sudden cardiac arrest. It not only affects how well you live instead of how long you may live. You may live a poor quality of life and your movement can turn harder.1

When the condition worsens, the patient may live anywhere between two months to six months depending on the severity of the condition and the patient’s body condition responding to the treatment. Most individuals with PAD do not show warning signs thereby requiring diagnosis and screening tests such as Ankle-brachial index (ABI that compares the blood pressure in your ankle with the blood pressure in your arm) is gaining popularity.

Peripheral artery disease is an excellent marker for coronary artery disease. PAD doesn’t kill you, but coronary artery complications do. Unfortunately, PAD patients have coronary artery complications.2

Can Peripheral Artery Disease Cause Stroke?

PAD patients are at a greater risk of having a heart attack or stroke. The four stealthy problems smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol are largely responsible for heart disease and stroke. Patients with any of the above problems are at an increased risk of developing Peripheral artery disease.

The most common symptoms of Peripheral artery disease usually involve the pain in the lower extremities while walking or climbing stairs and disappears with rest. However, this is a recurring condition and you will experience pain when you start doing activities again.

Predictors of stoke in PAD patients are not well recognized. A study was conducted on a randomized 13000 patients who showed symptoms. These patients were provided monotherapy with ticagrelor to relieve symptoms and to prevent the severity of cardiovascular problems such as cardiovascular death, myocardial infarction, or ischemic stroke. The study revealed that a wide range of people experienced cerebrovascular events, stroke and the transient ischemic attack occurred frequently over time.

A stroke usually occurs when the arteries leading to the brain are narrowed or blocked and the brain cells don’t receive sufficient oxygen. Similarly, when the condition progresses in Peripheral artery disease patients, plaque builds up in arteries resulting in clogging, eventually causing a stroke.

To protect your heart, it is often essential to learn about the signs and symptoms of peripheral artery disease. Also, decrease the risk of other stealthy conditions or keep them under control. So, doctors often suggest simple choices can have a greater impact on reducing the risk of heart disease. Prevention is crucial because peripheral artery diseases can cause widespread damage, limiting your range of motion and sometimes resulting in death.3,4


  1. “Peripheral Artery Disease: Symptoms, Treatments, and Causes.” Medical News Today, MediLexicon International, www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/188939.
  2. “Putting Peripheral Artery Disease Into Perspective: Gen Re.” Gen Re Perspective, www.genre.com/knowledge/blog/putting-peripheral-artery-disease-into-perspective.html.
  3. “About Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD).” Www.heart.org, www.heart.org/en/health-topics/peripheral-artery-disease/about-peripheral-artery-disease-pad.
  4. Kolls, Brad J, et al. “Stroke in Patients With Peripheral Artery Disease.” Stroke, U.S. National Library of Medicine, June 2019, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31092165.

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Sheetal DeCaria, M.D.
Sheetal DeCaria, M.D.
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Sheetal DeCaria, M.D. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:June 3, 2020

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