Symptoms of peripheral vascular disease

In some cases, a person with peripheral vascular disease does not have any symptoms until the condition is advanced and severe. Symptoms depend on which body part is deprived of sufficient blood, but may include:

  • Intermittent pain (claudication), which may feel like cramps, muscle fatigue or heaviness (usually in the legs)
  • Worsening pain during exercise (usually in the legs)
  • Easing of pain during rest (usually in the legs)
  • Coldness of the affected body part
  • Numbness
  • Pins and needles
  • Muscular weakness
  • Blue or purple tinge to the skin
  • Wounds that won’t heal (vascular ulcers)
  • Blackened areas of skin or skin loss (gangrene).

We recommend discussing any symptoms with your GP who can refer you to Dr Bray for full assessment and diagnosis.

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