Your body’s complex vascular system consists of arteries, veins, and capillaries. Any issue that interrupts this highway of blood vessels can cause a multitude of problems. Ignoring the symptoms of vascular disease can lead to severe pain, disability, and even death. Knowing what the common signs of vascular problems are and when you should seek treatment are important to your health and overall well-being.
One of the most common types of vascular disease is peripheral artery disease, also commonly referred to as PAD. This disease can affect both men and women and can occur at any time. The disease is the result of fatty deposits in your arteries causing your arteries to become narrowed, therefore reducing the blood flow to your limbs. Although the limbs are most commonly affected, circulatory problems linked to PAD are likely an indication that there is a more widespread buildup of fatty deposits in your arteries.
We’re explaining the common symptoms of peripheral artery disease below.
Leg pain that can be mild all the way to debilitating when walking is the most common symptom of PAD. Most often, the pain is triggered by an activity that leads to cramping and muscle pain.
The most common location for pain is in the calf area. Although at times, it may be felt in the thigh, hip, and buttock.
A numbness or tingling sensation in the legs or feet may be a warning sign of peripheral artery disease. The sensation comes as a result of the body’s inability to pump blood through the narrow arteries. In addition to the numbness and tingling, an individual may experience leg weakness that is persistent or unpredictable.
Appearance in Legs
A marked temperature difference in the lower leg or foot compared with the other leg or to the rest of your body is another indication that blood flow is being restricted and is likely not nourishing other organs and tissues. If you notice the thinning of leg hair or your toenail growth has slowed, you may be encountering the earlier symptoms of PAD.
Don’t Ignore the Common Signs of Vascular Problems
Often times those who experience only mild symptoms of PAD (like symptoms that disappear after resting or symptoms that come and go) may dismiss them and just assume it is just part of the natural aging process. However, any symptoms should not be ignored. PAD can often be treated with simple lifestyle changes, such as eliminating tobacco use, exercising, and incorporating a healthy diet.
As soon as you notice any of the symptoms mentioned above, it’s important to seek help from vascular experts like the physicians at Georgia Vascular Institute. Our staff is well trained in the field of vascular disease, and we are here to help you manage your symptoms and prevent the disease from progressing. Give us a call at 770-506-4007 or click here to schedule an appointment.