Do women experience the same symptoms of peripheral artery disease as men?


Not always. Men and women may experience different symptoms of peripheral artery disease (PAD). According to the National Institutes of Health, women are more likely than men to have a condition called “intermittent claudication.” This is a medical term for the kind of limping or shuffling caused by extreme pain in the legs that is relieved when you rest.


The narrowed arteries in PAD block blood flow to the legs and feet, starving the muscles of oxygen and causing such severe leg pain during walking that it repeatedly forces a rest. In many cases, these problems impact quality of life but but are not life threatening. For example, it might be difficult to walk up an incline or do grocery shopping because your legs get crampy and weak. If untreated, PAD can lead to leg ulcers, which could then lead to limb loss.

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