Vascular Disease Symptoms
Peripheral Arterial Disease (P.A.D.) is a term used to classify all non-coronary arterial diseases, mostly found in the legs in which plaque builds up in the arteries. PAD affects 8 to 12 million people in the United States, the risk of PAD increases with age.
- The most common symptom of PAD is called claudication, which is leg pain that occurs when walking or exercising and disappears when the person stops the activity, pain in the legs or feet that awaken you at night
- Leg numbness or weakness
- Coldness in your lower leg or foot, especially when compared with the other side
- Sores on your toes, feet or legs that won’t heal
- A change in the color of your legs
- Hair loss or slower hair growth on your feet and legs
- Slower growth of your toenails
- Shiny skin on your legs
- No pulse or a weak pulse in your legs or feet
- Pain that gets worse when you stand and subsides when you raise your legs
- Aching, throbbing, or a feeling of heaviness in your legs
- Thickening of the skin on your legs or ankles
- A feeling of tightness in your calves
- Erectile dysfunction in men
Skin Changes: This happens when the leg veins are unable to pump oxygenated blood, back to the heart and it accumulates, causing discoloration.
Leg Sores: Shallow wounds above the ankle occur when the leg veins don’t return blood back toward the heart the way they should.
Open sores or wounds occurring on the bottom of the foot are a sign of Arterial Disease. Although this could happen to anyone with poor blood circulation, approximately 15 percent of patients with diabetes are affected. Diabetes is the leading cause of non-traumatic lower extremity amputations in the United States, and approximately 14 to 24 percent of patients with diabetes who develop a foot ulcer have an amputation.
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