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is peripheral artery disease correlated with pain and heaviness in your legs?

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Dr. Oliver Aalami
22 years experience Vascular Surgery
Potentially yes: Peripheral vascular disease causes three levels of symptoms as the disease progresses, 1) claudication; muscle cramping with exercise which also resolves with rest. This is very reproducible 2) rest pain; pain when elevating legs / lying down, 3) tissue loss; foot ulcers / gangrene / non-healing wounds. Pain and numbness are more frequent than heaviness.
Answered on Mar 26, 2013
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Dr. Michael Korona
32 years experience Interventional Radiology
Yes: Pad can cause this but venous insufficiency can also. Better get checked.
Answered on Jul 20, 2012
Dr. Ted King
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Don't forget veins: As dr. Aalami said, heaviness is unusual and in my experience is more likely to be associated with venous insufficiency. I agree with dr. Korna, it is worth checking it out to make sure that veins aren't the cause of the problem.
Answered on Jan 23, 2014
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