Peripheral Arterial Disease
Alternate Names : Peripheral Atherosclerosis, Chronic Peripheral Arterial Occlusive Disease
What are the signs and symptoms of the disease?
Peripheral arterial disease limits blood flow to the legs and sometimes the arms. Exercise increases the muscle's demand for blood. When the narrowed arteries can't transport enough oxygen-rich blood, the person has a type of pain known as claudication. Claudication generally involves the buttocks, legs, and calves. When the individual rests and the muscle gets enough oxygen, the claudication goes away.
Someone with peripheral arterial disease may also have:
hair loss on the arms or legs
pain at rest, including nighttime pain
red, blue, or pale skin on the affected limb
sores on the arms or legs that won't heal