Do you have cramping, fatigue or pain in your legs when walking? Then you could have Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD). PAD is the narrowing or blockage in the arteries that carry blood from the heart to the limbs, most commonly the legs. Other symptoms may include:
- Persistent leg pain
- Slow-healing wounds on the feet
- Weak pulse in legs or feet
- Unhealthy nail and hair growth
- Foot ulcers and sores
- On occasion, erectile dysfunction in men
Factors that increase the risk of PAD include smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. If left untreated, symptoms could become severe as heart attack or stroke.
If you are currently experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911 or your local emergency number.