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Symptoms of Intermittent Claudication

Symptoms of Intermittent Claudication: Introduction

Symptoms of peripheral artery disease vary depending on the specific underlying cause. Symptoms can also differ between individuals. In all types of peripheral artery disease, symptoms and complications are due to narrowed arteries, which lead to an insufficient supply of oxygen and nutrients to affected cells and tissue.

Typical symptoms of peripheral artery disease include pain in the legs with walking that goes away with rest. This is called intermittent claudication. Leg pain may be more intense with more strenuous exercise, such as hiking or climbing stairs. Leg pain may also be triggered by exposure to cold or by certain medications, such as beta blockers. There also may be leg cramping and leg fatigue. Symptoms can also occur in the hip.

Left untreated, peripheral artery disease lead to increased pain and cramping, and a change in color of the toes. The toes may appear pale, grey or bluish (cyanosis). The feet may feel very cold, and it can be difficult to find a pulse in the feet. Pulses in the feet may be absent altogether. Eventually, the lack of oxygen can lead to death (necrosis) of the tissues in the feet and lower legs. This results in the development of sores or ulcers and lesions. These ulcers often do not heal and can get easily infected. In severe cases, gangrene (tissue death or necrosis) can occur.

Symptoms and complications of peripheral artery disease that affect the arteries that supply blood to the kidneys (renal artery stenosis) are very serious. They include severe hypertension, heart failure, abnormal kidney function, and kidney failure.

People with peripheral artery disease are also more likely to develop atherosclerosis and narrowing of the arteries that supply the brain and heart due to fatty build-up in all of the arteries of the body. This puts them at an increased risk of heart attack and stroke....more about Intermittent Claudication »

Symptoms of Intermittent Claudication

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