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Why Does PAD Cause Muscle Cramping in the Legs

PAD or Peripheral Artery Disease is caused by the build-up of plaque or cholesterol in the arteries of the legs, the hardening of the arteries, similar to the same process that occurs in the heart’s arteries that causes heart attacks where it’s called Coronary Heart Disease. In the legs, you don’t need much blood flow at rest, but as you exercise, the muscles demand more blood flow. When there is a build-up of plaque. Obstructing the arteries, the increased demand for blood flow from leg muscles when you walk, exercise, or climb up stairs can’t be met. This is due to arterial blockages and the muscles cramping, both signs indicating that something is wrong. That is the time to see a vascular physician. Learn more at

Learn more about vascular health, prevention, and care for Peripheral Artery Disease.

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