Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) of the legs
Atherosclerosis (or hardening of the arteries) of the legs affects up to one in five of the UK population aged over 60 years.
There are four main causes:
Many patients with early lower limb atherosclerosis have no symptoms. However, as the disease progresses, many will develop intermittent claudication, which is a cramping type pain in the leg muscles when walking
Please refer to the Edinburgh Claudication Questionnaire to see if you have intermittent claudication
If intermittent claudication is not recognised, diagnosed and treated then patients can go on to develop what is termed critical or severe limb ischaemia, which manifests as pain at rest, usually in the feet and often at night. Untreated this can lead to ulceration and gangrene.
Atherosclerosis also affects the arteries of the
In the first instance all patients with atherosclerosis should be treated with so-called Best Medical Therapy.
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