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What is Peripheral Artery Disease
and Claudication?



Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a common disease caused by a build up of fatty deposits in the blood vessels of the legs. Risk factors for PAD include:

  • diabetes
  • cigarette smoking
  • high blood pressure
  • high cholesterol
  • older age.

PAD often causes a symptom called claudication, which is pain or discomfort caused by decreased blood supply to the leg muscles during physical activity.
Claudication is often described as a cramping or aching in the calf, thigh, or buttock—that comes on with walking— and is relieved by rest.