When Cholesterol Is Harming Your Legs

Pain in the legs

-The pain can be in any part of the leg, from the calf to the thigh or buttock, and it may be in one or both legs.


Nighttime cramps

-The pain can often be relieved by dangling the foot off the bed or sitting in a chair, which allows gravity to assist blood flow to the feet



Skin and nail changes

-The skin on the legs may get shiny and tight, and toenails may thicken or grow more slowly.



Unusual skin coloring

-In some people with PAD, the feet or toes are pale or bluish when they're sitting, due to a lack of circulation.




Cold feet

- That's because this is a common problem, and it can happen to anyone as he ages—even someone without PAD.



Sores that don't heal

- In people with more advanced PAD, a reduction in circulation can result in foot ulcers that don't heal.



Erectile dysfunction

- The internal iliac arteries provide the blood supply for erections.



Numbness or weakness

- If your legs or feet feel numb or weak while you are resting, it could be a sign of PAD.



Atrophy of calf muscles

-People with more advanced PAD may experience atrophy, or a reduction in the size of their calf muscle.


Tissue death

- About 80% of people with PAD never progress beyond having relatively mild symptoms





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