The signs of Peripheral Artery Disease vary based on age, weight, and lifestyle choices. There is about a 50% chance that patients with PAD will experience noticeable symptoms. These symptoms are almost always caused by a reduction in blood flow to your leg muscles. This can vary based on which artery is affected and to what extent your blood flow is restricted.
What are the signs of PAD?
The most common symptom of Peripheral Artery Disease is a pain in one or both calves, thighs, or hips. Intermittent pain usually occurs while walking or climbing stairs. This is because the need for oxygen-rich blood increases during these activities and other exercises. The name of this pain is claudication.
Leg cramps are fairly common, but cramps that start with exercise and subside when you rest are most likely due to claudication. When there is a blockage in the blood vessels in your legs you may even experience pain at night or in your sleep. It usually is a dull, cramping pain. It may also feel like a heaviness, tightness, or tiredness in the muscles of the legs.
Other signs of PAD.
- Numbness, tingling, or weakness in your legs
- Burning or aching pain in your feet or toes
- Dull pain in your buttocks
- One or both legs or feet feel cold
- One or both legs or feet have different color
- Impotence or the inability to maintain an erection
- Lingering sores on your leg or foot, or loss of hair
Because the signs of PAD can be easily excused as tiredness or fatigue, or masked by conditions such as peripheral neuropathy, it is important that you’re mindful of common risk factors. Some of the risk factors include a history of smoking, diabetes, obesity, and age. If you are experiencing one or more of the signs of PAD and you have some of the risk factors, you should check with a doctor to figure out what is causing your symptoms.
If you are interested in learning more about Peripheral Artery Disease, you should read frequently asked questions about Peripheral Artery Disease.
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Left untreated, PAD complications could include critical limb ischemia, gangrene, and amputation.
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What can you do if you notice these signs?
If you have any of these signs you should speak to a doctor. At Modern Vascular, we have highly skilled doctors and staff that are trained to detect and treat Peripheral Artery Disease. If you would like to schedule an evaluation over the phone with one of our patient advocates. You can contact us by phone at (888) 853-1278 or by filling out a form on our website.
Watch our video to learn more about the risk factors. Also, consider testing your knowledge to see how much you know about PAD.