January 12, 2010

Could You Have Blockages In Your Legs Too?

Posted in Heart disease tips, Uncategorized tagged , , , at 2:32 am by keepyourhearthealthy

People with heart disease need to be aware that plaque buildup in the arteries is a process that occurs throughout the body, not just in the heart. What does this mean for heart disease patients? It means that you should be on the lookout for symptoms of PAD (Peripheral Arterial Disease). You may have seen the commercials for PAD but have you truly thought about how it relates to you? As a person with heart disease you are much more likely to have PAD than most other people!

Some symptoms you should be aware of which may indicate blockages in your legs (PAD) are:
-pain or cramping in your hips, thighs, lower legs or feet that is worse with walking and improves with rest
-wounds on your legs that will not heal
-one or both legs are cold to touch

If you get leg cramps or suspect you may have PAD, talk to your cardiologist or primary physician about getting tested.

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