Harvard Heart Letter
Stepping up treatments for PAD
Proven therapies for this painful leg problem should soon be more accessible. When fatty deposits clog the arteries that supply blood to the legs, even a short walk can cause leg cramping and pain. This condition, called claudication, comes from the Latin word claudicatio, meaning “to limp.” It’s the hallmark of peripheral artery disease, or PAD, which affects roughly one in seven people over the age of 60.