Leg Pain May be Sign of Heart Disease

by Jodee on October 26, 2009

If you are experiencing leg cramps when you exercise that stop when you are at rest, you should schedule an appointment to see your doctor. He or she can perform a test for Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD). Being diagnosed with this disorder indicates that an individual is at risk for developing heart disease or having a stroke.

PAD causes the arteries that supply the legs to become narrow. Once this occurs, it’s reasonable to suspect that the arteries in that supply the brain and the heart have narrowed as well.

The test to diagnose PAD is very simple. It can be performed in a doctor’s office or at a pharmacy. The patient’s blood pressure is taken from his or her arm, as well as a leg. If the blood pressure reading from the person’s leg is 90 percent or less than the reading in their arm, they have PAD.

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