What Are Symptoms and Risk Factors of Peripheral Artery Disease?

Q:
What are symptoms and risk factors of peripheral artery disease?

A:
Symptoms

Many people with peripheral artery disease have mild or no symptoms. Claudication may occur if you have peripheral artery disease. The symptoms include muscle pain or cramping in your legs or arms that’s triggered by activity, such as walking, but disappears after a few minutes of rest. Severe claudication can make it hard for you to walk or do other types of physical activity.

Risk factors

There are factors which increase your risk of getting peripheral artery disease:

  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Increasing age, especially after reaching 50 years of age
  • A family history of peripheral artery disease, heart disease or stroke
  • High levels of homocysteine, a protein component that helps build and maintain tissue
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