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Symptoms of Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)
The most common form of
PAD is caused by
. The arteries most commonly affected are those that carry blood to your legs. Lack of blood to these areas causes the symptoms associated with PAD.
|Plaque Blocking an Artery
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Calf or thigh pain with exercise is termed claudication. Claudication is a sign of PAD. The discomfort may consist of cramping, limping, or a feeling of heaviness, weakness, or fatigue in the legs. Symptoms of claudication usually begin after walking a certain distance—such as a block or two—and end after resting for the same length each time.
Many people will have no symptoms at all. In those that have them, PAD may cause:
- 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
- Paleness or blueness of the legs or feet
- Weak or absent pulse in the extremity
- Foot wounds that heal slowly
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