Peripheral Arterial Disease (P.A.D.)


Common Symptoms

Some people with P.A.D. do not have any symptoms. Others may have a number of signs and symptoms.

People who have P.A.D. may notice symptoms when walking or climbing stairs. These symptoms may include pain, aching, or heaviness in the leg muscles. Symptoms may also include

They may go away after resting. These symptoms are called intermittent claudication (klaw-dih-KA-shen).

If You Have Leg Pain

If you have leg pain when you walk or climb stairs, talk to your doctor. Sometimes older people think that leg pain is part of aging when it could be P.A.D. Tell your doctor if you're feeling pain in your legs, and discuss whether you should be tested for P.A.D.

Other Possible Signs

Possible signs of P.A.D. include

Should I be Checked for P.A.D.?

Even if you don't have symptoms or signs of P.A.D., you could still have the disease. Ask your doctor whether you should get checked for P.A.D. if you are