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Texas: High cholesterol is often referred to as the ‘silent killer’ because it rarely causes any symptoms. A buildup of cholesterol can cause hardening of the arteries in the arms and legs, which can cause very dangerous symptoms.
This process of hardening of the arteries is called peripheral artery disease (PAD).
According to the Cardiovascular Labs of America (CLA), the first sign of PAD is painful muscle spasms in the hip, thigh, or calf. Even light activities like walking or climbing stairs can cause painful cramps.
CLA’s Dr. Sanjay Wagle said that our body is very intelligent. We should look at our leg issues. If you have leg pain while walking and it gets better at rest, then you need to consult your doctor.
They said that it is a dangerous thing if your leg muscles become stiff and do not improve.
The main way to prevent peripheral artery disease is to keep your cholesterol levels and other heart disease symptoms checked.