What is peripheral arterial disease (PAD)?

PAD is the narrowing or blockage of the arteries of the circulatory system. PAD occurs in the vessels that carry blood to the arms and legs.

What is Claudication?

Claudication is a symptom of PAD. It is often described as a painful cramping of the leg muscles that occurs when walking. The pain is often noticed in the calf, but may also be felt in the buttocks or thighs. When at rest, the muscles require less blood flow, so the pain typically goes away.

What are the benefits of a walking program?

A regular walking program is important and will help you:

  • Increase the length of time you are able to walk before needing to rest.
  • Reduce your leg pain.
  • Improve or maintain muscle tone.
  • Lose weight or maintain your weight, especially when combined with dietary changes.
  • Reduce your risk factors for a heart attack or stroke.
  • Improve your overall sense of well-being and reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.
  • Improve your quality of life.

Reviewed: 02/16

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