Peripheral Vascular Disease Symptoms

Peripheral vascular disease symptoms are not present in about half of the individuals having this disease.

This is a disease consisting of the blood vessels. Arteries that carry blood to your extremities become narrow or clogged. The outcome is that the blood flow is showed or stopped completely.

Some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Pain in one or both calves, thighs, or hips

  • This pain usually occurs while you are walking or climbing stairs and stops when you rest

  • One or both legs or feet feel cold, numb, or change color (pale, bluish, dark reddish)

  • Open sores or ulcers on the lower extremities that does not heal normally

  • Loss of hair on the legs


Antithrombotic therapy in peripheral vascular disease, British Medical Journal, 2002

Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics. American Heart Association, 2005 Update


  • American Stroke Association

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To find out more about
peripheral vascular disease symptoms and its treatment,
check out the American Heart Association


This page was last updated on 01/17/06.