High cholesterol is often referred to as the “silent killer” because it rarely causes symptoms.
A buildup of cholesterol can cause hardening of the arteries in the arms and legs, which can lead to symptoms.
The process of atherosclerosis in the arms and legs is called peripheral arterial disease (PAD).
According to the Cardiovascular Laboratory of America (CLA), the “first sign” of PAD is painful spasms in the thigh, thigh, or calf muscles after certain activities.
Even low-intensity activities like walking or climbing stairs can cause this painful spasm, according to the CLA.
According to CLA Dr. Sanjay Wagel, it would be wise to heed the warning sign.
“Our body is incredibly smart. We need to feel our feet. If your leg hurts when you walk, but it goes away when you rest, you need to talk to your doctor. If your foot is heavy, this is a serious warning sign. , said the doctor.
A muscle spasm, usually in the leg, is called “Charlie’s horse.”
Other signs of PAD include:
Coldness in lower leg or foot, especially in comparison to the other side.
Numbness or weakness in the legs.
No pulse or weak pulse in the legs or feet.
Painful spasms in one or both hips, thighs, or calf muscles after certain activities, such as walking or climbing stairs.
Shiny skin on the legs.
Change in skin color on the legs.
Slow nail growth.
Ulcers that don’t heal.
Pain when using the hands, such as soreness and cramps when knitting, writing, or performing other manual tasks.
Erectile dysfunction in men.
Loss or slower growth of hair on the legs.