Arterial insufficiency

Arterial insufficiency may be called at times peripheral artery disease or peripheral vascular disease (PVD).

Typical causes:

Smoking

Arterial clogging from high cholesterol or fats (athersclerosis)

Diabetes

Typical signs/symptoms:

Pain in the legs with walking or exercising, stopping should most of the time stop the pain in the legs. This is called intermittent claudication.

If the disease is progressed enough there may be pain in the legs at rest and raising the legs up should relieve the pain.

Very shiny /red leg versus venous issues will show hemosiderin staining/brown/purplish discloration of the leg. Redness of the leg could also be cellulitis a skin infection where you should go to the ER right away. Arterial problems are critical to see your Dr because if not attended to it could lead to gangrene and amputation or death!

Treatment:

See your Doctor!!!!

Stop smoking

Medications from Dr may include : Blood thinners, High blood pressure medications to control blood pressure, cholesterol medications

Exercise- walking, or biking but stop the exercise when there is pain and rest. Research shows that with this condition you can build up your endurance and ability to walk /exercise duration with less pain.

 

 

Difference between arterial and venous issues:

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