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Peripheral artery disease gets less attention than strokes or
heart attacks, but like those conditions it is a cardiovascular
condition caused by blockages in the arteries, in this case the
ones that supply blood to the legs and other parts of the body.
Some people believe that exercise is harmful to their joints or
even causes arthritis, but research shows that this is not true,
and in fact exercise can strengthen and protect joints.
Understanding how your test results correlate to risk factors can
help you make positive changes in your health habits for a longer
and healthier life.
I am a 56-year-old man with high blood pressure. At my last
check-up, my dentist found gum disease and referred me to a
periodontist for treatment. I know that high blood pressure
increases my risk of heart disease, and I've been told that gum
disease does too. Is it true, and will the treatment help?