What are your symptoms associated with peripheral vascular disease?
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What are the symptoms and signs of peripheral artery disease?
Approximately half of people with peripheral artery disease do not experience any symptoms. For patients with symptoms, the most common symptoms are intermittent claudication and rest pain.
Intermittent claudication refers to arm or leg pain or cramping in the arms or legs that occurs with exercise and subsides with rest. The severity and location of the pain of intermittent claudication vary depending upon the location and extent of blockage of the involved artery. The most common location of intermittent claudication is the calf muscle of the leg, leading to leg pain while walking. The pain in the calf muscle occurs only during exercise such as walking, and the pain steadily increases with continued walking until the patient has to stop due to intolerable pain. Then the pain quickly subsides during rest. Intermittent claudication can affect one or both legs.
Rest pain occurs when the artery occlusion is so critical that there is not enough blood and oxygen supply to the lower extremities even at rest and represents a more serious form of the condition. The pain typically affects the feet, is usually severe, and occurs at night when the patient assumes a supine position (lying down, face up).
Other symptoms and signs of peripheral artery disease include:
Numbness of the extremities
Weakness and atrophy (diminished size and strength) of the calf muscle
A feeling of coldness in the legs or feet
Changes in color of the feet; feet turn pale when they are elevated, and turn dusky red in dependent position
Hair loss over the dorsum of the feet and thickening of the toenails
Painful ulcers and/or gangrene in tissue where there is critical ischemia; typically in the toes