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If an artery in a limb becomes blocked, what could potentially happen?

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Dr. Amy Reed
Surgery - Vascular

In brief: Depends on history

Patients who have normal blood flow in the artery then suddenly develop a complete blockage of an artery in a limb need emergent treatment to prevent limb loss or amputation.
Patients who have smoked, have diabetes, a history of heart disease or family history of vascular disease can have narrowings and blockages develop more gradually without severe symptoms and not need urgent procedures.

In brief: Depends on history

Patients who have normal blood flow in the artery then suddenly develop a complete blockage of an artery in a limb need emergent treatment to prevent limb loss or amputation.
Patients who have smoked, have diabetes, a history of heart disease or family history of vascular disease can have narrowings and blockages develop more gradually without severe symptoms and not need urgent procedures.
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