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What are PAD symptoms?

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Peripheral artery disease, or PAD, has a range of symptoms that occur in the legs and feet, according to the American Heart Association. The most common symptom of PAD is muscle cramping in the hips, thighs or calves when walking, climbing stairs or exercising.

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PAD symptoms often subside after the physical exercise stops because muscles need less blood flow when at rest than when in movement, according to the American Heart Association. Other symptoms of PAD are often severe and include leg pain that continues after the exercise is finished, toe and foot wounds that require an inordinate amount of time to heal or simply won’t heal, gangrene, and a decrease in temperature in the lower leg or foot compared to the rest of the body or the other leg.

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