Doctors say leg pain could be stroke warning sign
MANY people shrug off leg pain when they walk as a normal part of ageing.
However, it can be a sign of something much more serious, experts have warned.
Doctors said leg pain could, in some cases, be an early warning sign of a deadly stroke or heart attack. This is because cramps can be a marker of PAD (peripheral artery disease), which can put heart and brain health at risk.
People with PAD feel pain because of the fatty deposits in the arteries of the leg that block blood flow to the muscles, as well as the arteries supporting the heart and brain.
This makes a person with PAD far more likely to have a heart attack or a stroke than someone without the condition. Professor David Newby, a British Heart Foundation Professor of Cardiology, said: “If you get a gripping, cramping sensation in your calves when you are walking, it might be worth seeing your doctor, as that can be a marker of PAD. It’s most common in smokers and people who have diabetes.”
Symptoms include pain in the calves, thighs, hips or buttocks, but only in muscles rather than the joints.