Is peripheral artery disease (PAD) the same as restless legs syndrome?


Peripheral artery disease and restless leg syndrome bear no relationship to one another.

Restless leg syndrome is a neurological condition defined by an uncontrollable need to move the legs (or arms), accompanied by sensations of discomfort that are characterized as crawling or pulling, for example. The causes of restless leg syndrome are not yet well understood. Restless leg syndrome can be severely disruptive of a person’s sleep and comfort, but it is not otherwise dangerous.

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a potentially serious condition where blockages in the arteries restrict blood flow to the legs. These blockages are caused by the build-up of a fatty substance called plaque in the arteries. If PAD goes untreated, it can result in loss of the ability to walk, foot or leg amputation or increased risk of a heart attack or stroke.

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