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Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a condition that affects the circulatory system, reducing blood flow in the lower extremities. While there is no singular cause of PAD, atherosclerosis is an incredibly common and significant factor in patients affected by this ailment. For those unfamiliar with atherosclerosis, this condition causes the widespread accumulation of fatty deposits in the arteries. Making necessary lifestyle changes such as quitting tobacco, exercising daily, and eating a well balanced diet can help treat PAD.

Symptoms

Occasionally, patients with PAD experience little to no symptoms. Because PAD reduces blood flow to the limbs, patients may experience a side effect called claudication, which causes leg pain while walking. Other symptoms associated with PAD include:

  • Painful cramping in your hip, thigh, and calf muscles during physical activity
  • Numbness, tingling, and weakness in the legs
  • Skin discoloration in the legs
  • Hair loss on the legs and feet
  • Coldness in the lower extremities

If you are experiencing Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) symptoms, it may be time for a professional review.

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