Does leg pain interrupt your morning strolls? After resting a bit, does the pain go away? Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD), a condition where arteries in your extremities are narrowing or clogged because of a buildup of plaque, may be to blame. PAD is a potentially dangerous condition that can lead to heart attacks and stroke if it's not diagnosed and treated.
When arteries become clogged, your extremities will get less blood. As a result, muscles don't get enough oxygen. That's what causes your pain. PAD not only limits activity, it can also signal blockages in other parts of the body, such as your heart or brain. People with PAD are more likely than others to suffer a stroke or heart attack.
Some PAD symptoms include:
- Leg numbness or weakness
- Cold legs or feet
- Sores on your toes, feet or legs that won't heal
- A change in the color of your legs
- Hair loss on your feet and legs
- Brittle, thick or discolored nails
Could PAD be a part of your life?
Risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, a high-fat diet and sedentary lifestyle can contribute to PAD. If you think you have risk factors for PAD or you currently experience pain in your legs, don't wait or ignore your health!
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For more information, visit our Heart Care Institute.