Four Signs That Cholesterol ‘Attacks’ Your Legs
Many people assume that cholesterol only clogs the blood vessels of the heart. But not not all people know the fact that if the levels of cholesterol in your blood is very high, it can also affect leg health.
The leg problem that may occur is a disease called peripheral arterial disease, or PAD. According to Health.com, David Slovut frin Montefiore Medical Center, states that people with this condition are more at risk of heart attacks and strokes.
Fact is that after five years, 20 percent of people with PAD will experience a nonfatal heart attack. For that reason, it is important to know the signs of PAD or when cholesterol starts ‘attacking’ your legs.
1. Pain in your legs
Claudication, which is kind of foot pain or discomfort on your feet, is a very common symptom of PAD. This occurs when an artery is blocked and can not deliver enough blood to your legs. Some people say their feet feels 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 added with the pain that comes when running at a certain distance (like two blocks), then disappear and reappears at the same distance.
2. Cramps at night
People with PAD may suffer from cramps or spasms during sleep, usually on the heel, forefoot or toes. These spasms or cramps can be relieved by letting your legs dangle either while laying or sitting in a chair. This allows gravity to help blood flow to the legs.
3. Changes in the nails and skin of the legs
PAD can cause changes in the nails and skin on the legs. That’s because it does not receive a normal blood flow. Maybe you will realize it when you loose hair on the leg area or when its growth slows. Skin of the legs also looks shiny and feels tight, the nails are also thicker or grows more slowly. All usually occur together.
4. Coldness in the legs
Feet or legs that feel cold, or very cold when touched, perhaps one of the indicators that you have PAD. But, since this condition also experienced by many elderly, you should consult your doctor to make sure. Especially if you often experience it.