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A 55-year-old male asked:

can leg cramps be a sign of a heart condition?

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Dr. Rama Garimella
Cardiology 33 years experience
Causes for Cramps: Addison's disease alcoholism or alcohol abuse cirrhosis dehydration diarrhea diuretics electrolyte imbalance flatfeet gastric bypass surgery hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) kidney failure chroniclead poisoning sarcoidosis muscle fatigue motor neuron problems oral contraceptives parkinson's disease peripheral artery disease pregnancy diuretics salbutamol statins type2 dm idiopathic causes.
Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
Possibly, but: It is more likely to be potassium deficiency or other things. But you are right to be cautious and for a man in middle age "better safe than sorry" sounds right to me. So, see a doctor for a good cardiovascular checkup - it could be pad (peripheral artery disease) and an early treatment plan could save your life. Be well.

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Last updated Dec 22, 2020

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