Symptoms of Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)
- Numbness of the legs or feet at rest
- Cold legs or feet
- Muscle pain in the thighs, calves, or feet
- Loss of hair on the lower extremities
- Poorly growing or thick toenails
- Paleness or blueness of the legs or feet
- Weak or absent pulse in the extremity
- Walking troubles
- Foot wounds that heal slowly
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- Critical limb ischemia —Ulcers that are slow to heal because of low or blocked blood flow (ischemia). These ulcers can lead to gangrene . When the blood supply is cut off, the tissue does not get enough oxygen and begins to die. Gangrene can lead to amputation of the affected limb.
- Functional decline —As PAD progresses, walking distance decreases, which can affect your quality of life.
- Erectile dysfunction
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Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) of lower extremities. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated June 13, 2014. Accessed June 23, 2014.
Symptoms and diagnosis of PAD. American Heart Association website. Available at: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/More/PeripheralArteryDisease/Symptoms-and-Diagnosis-of-PAD%5FUCM%5F301306%5FArticle.jsp. Updated August 16, 2012. Accessed June 23, 2014.
What are the signs and symptoms of peripheral arterial disease? National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website. Available at: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/pad/signs.html. Updated June 2, 2014. Accessed June 23, 2014.
- Reviewer: Michael J. Fucci, DO, FACC
- Review Date: 05/2015 -
- Update Date: 05/20/2015 -
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