One serious condition that can lead to loss of limbs is peripheral arterial disease (PAD), which refers to blockages in the arteries outside the heart.
Left untreated, PAD can lead to debilitating and limb-threatening consequences.
You should take action to minimize the complications of vascular disease. You can do this by educating yourself on PAD, examine your legs and feet for sores or changes in skin color or temperature. Practicing good foot care including podiatry visits, and having diagnostic tests done when necessary are important. Those with diabetes should be especially vigilant.