PAD is a disease that gets worse over time. You may not have symptoms until the disease gets much worse. Over time, PAD may lead to:
This is the most common symptom of PAD. Claudication is pain that occurs in the thigh, hip, calf, or foot. It may happen when you walk, use stairs, or workout. You may have cramping or limping. You may also feel heavy, weak, or tired. Symptoms often begin after walking a certain distance, such as a block or two, and end after you rest for the same amount of time.
You may also have:
A numb feeling in your legs or feet when you are resting
Critical limb ischemia
—Ulcers that are slow to heal because of low or blocked blood flow. They 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
of the limb.
—As PAD progresses, you won't be able to walk as far.
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Symptoms and diagnosis of PAD. American Heart Association website. Available at: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/More/PeripheralArteryDisease/Symptoms-and-Diagnosis-of-PAD_UCM_301306_Article.jsp. Updated October 31, 2016. Accessed August 30, 2018.
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