WEDNESDAY, Sept. 29, 2021 (HealthDay News)
If you’re older and your legs ache, it could be nothing — or it could be a sign of peripheral artery disease (PAD).
Have you ever even heard of it? Maybe not. That’s why the Society for Vascular Surgery would like you to know a little more.
“As we age, we are susceptible to some aches and pains, possibly a tightness in the lower back after standing for long periods of time or a soreness in the legs after a challenging workout, but if unexplained pain persists, it’s important to see a physician,” said Dr. Alan Dietzek, a surgeon in Danbury, Conn. “Of course, not all pain indicates a serious problem, but certain leg pain and other symptoms in the lower extremities could be a sign of PAD.”
Peripheral artery disease happens when plaque builds up in the arteries of the legs. This happens