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What are peripheral artery disease symptoms?

What are peripheral artery disease symptoms?

Vary Widely: The symptoms can include pain, numbness, weakness, wounds, gangrene, or slow healing of the affected extremity. The most common early sign is claudication, which is defined as muscle discomfort or cramping brought on by exercise & relieved with rest. Chronic pain in the leg or foot, often a achiness or burning, is also common. Get testing w/ ultrasound or blood pressures of the legs by vascular MD ...Read more

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Artery (Definition)

Arteries are a type of blood vessels. We can divide blood vessels into 2 categories. Arteries are high pressure vessels which deliver (red) oxygen + blood out into the body. Veins on the other hand or low pressure vessels which return (dark) oxygent - blood from the body ...Read more


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What are the symptoms of peripheral artery disease?

What are the symptoms of peripheral artery disease?

Artery Disease Legs: Peripheral artery disease, or "pad" is a blood vessel condition that is usually the result of progressive plaque build-up within the walls of arteries than leads to blockage of blood flow. It can cause leg pain when walking, usually in the calves, pain at rest in the foot or leg, leg numbness or tinlging, coldness or discoloration of the skin, foot or leg ulcers, gangrene, poor healing of wounds. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about peripheral artery disease ?

Can you tell me about peripheral artery disease ?

Narrowed arteries: Peripheral artery disease refers to a condition in which your leg arteries become narrowed due to atherosclerosis which limit the blood flow to your legs. It is usually rare in people that are less than 40 years of age but depending on risk factors and family history one can develop it earlier. Can be diagnosed by taking blood pressure at your legs and comparing it to the arms. ...Read more

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What is the technical definition of peripheral artery disease symptoms?

Peripheral Artery : The symptoms can include pain, numbness, weakness, wounds, gangrene, or slow healing of the affected extremity. The most common early sign is claudication, which is defined as muscle discomfort or cramping brought on by exercise & relieved with rest. Chronic pain in the leg or foot, often a achiness or burning, is also common. Get testing w/ ultrasound or blood pressures of the legs by vascular MD ...Read more

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Where can I get a list of foods that are good and bad for my peripheral artery disease?

Low fat/cholesterol: The development of peripheral arterial disease (pad) is multi-factorial. Diet is one of the many contributing factors. This link gives a good general overview and also has references for more in depth. http://www.livestrong.com/article/335760-diet-for-peripheral-artery-disease/. ...Read more

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Several family members passed from Peripheral Artery Disease, I am only 24, is it possible to be experiencing symptoms of this now?

Several family members passed from Peripheral Artery Disease, I am only 24, is it possible to be experiencing symptoms of this now?

Yes but rare: If experiencing symptoms you can get evaluation of circulation by pressure measurements and ultrasound. If family history is strong you should have in depth lipid profile. Best things you can do are not smoke, eat well, and be active, at least 30-40 minutes 4-5 days a week of some type of exercise. Further therapy would be dictated by lab and other test results. ...Read more

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How can I go running with peripheral artery disease?

How can I go running with peripheral artery disease?

This is good: The exercise will help develope collateral circulation if the main arteries are stenotic. ...Read more