Which causes a disease called peripheral arterial disease, or PAD. As reported by Health.com, according to David Slovut, of Montefiore Medical Center, these conditions make a person more at risk of heart attacks and strokes.
In fact, after five years, 20 percent of people with PAD will experience a nonfatal heart attack. It is important to know the signs of PAD or when cholesterol-start 'attacking' your feet.
1. Foot painIs a very common symptom of PAD is claudication, which is kind of foot pain or discomfort. This occurs when an artery is blocked and can not deliver enough blood to the legs. Some people say their legs feel heavy, tired, and burned.
The pain can occur in each of the legs from calf to thigh, or buttocks, and perhaps on one or both legs. This could be coupled with the pain that comes when running at a certain distance (like two blocks), then disappear and reappear at the same distance.
2. Cramps at nightWhen the sleep of people with PAD may experience cramps or spasms, usually in the heel, forefoot or toes. Taste spasms or cramps can be relieved by letting her feet dangle either sleeping or sitting in a chair. This allows gravity to help blood flow to the legs.
3. Changes in the nails and skin of the footPAD can cause changes in the nails and skin on the feet. That's because it does not receive a normal blood flow. Maybe you will realize when they lose the feathers on the feet area or when growth slows. Skin of the foot also looks shiny and feels tight, the nails are also thicker or grow more slowly. All usually occur together.
4. The coldness in the legsFeet or legs that feel cold, or very cold to the touch, perhaps one of the indicators you have PAD. But, since this condition also experienced by many parents, you should consult with your doctor to make sure. Especially if you often experience it.