High cholesterol: Cramping, achiness & pain in the legs could indicate levels are too high – Express

PAD is caused by narrowed or blocked arteries in the legs or in the body’s main artery (the aorta), said John Hopkins Medicine.

The health site continued: “This can reduce blood flow to muscles in your calf, thigh, or buttocks.

“This decreased blood flow may cause the pain that leads to claudication.

“The blockage usually happens because of narrowed and hardened arteries (atherosclerosis).

“This is caused by plaque build-up inside the arteries. Plaque is made up of fat, cholesterol, calcium, and other substances in the blood.

“This plaque build-up can also affect your heart arteries. It can lead to chest pain or a heart attack.”