Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)

Peripheral Artery Disease refers to a problem in blood circulation caused by narrowed arteries that reduce blood flow to your limbs. It’s also known as “hardening of the arteries.” Arteries slowly narrow as plaque – made of excessive fat, cholesterol and other substances – gradually forms inside the artery walls.

SYMPTOMS

Men

  • Cramps, pain or tiredness in the leg or hip muscles that occurs while walking or climbing stairs, goes away when you rest, and recurs upon resuming activity

  • Numbness, weakness, heaviness or fatigue in the leg muscles when walking that are relieved at rest.

  • Foot or toe pain while resting, that disturbs your sleep

  • Coldness in your lower leg or foot, especially when compared with the other side

  • Color changes in the skin of your legs

  • Toe and foot sores that do not heal

  • No pulse or a weak pulse in your legs or feet

  • Erectile dysfunction

Women

  • Cramps, pain or tiredness in the leg or hip muscles that develops while walking or climbing stairs, is relieved with rest, and recurs upon resuming activity

  • Numbness, weakness, heaviness or fatigue in the leg muscles when walking that are relieved at rest.

  • Foot or toe pain while resting, that disturbs your sleep

  • Coldness in your lower leg or foot, especially when compared with the other side

  • Color changes in the skin of your legs

  • Toe and foot sores that do not heal

  • No pulse or a weak pulse in your legs or feet

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