Dodging Disease Progression: Understanding the Early Symptoms of Vascular Disease

Whether you’re wondering what health concerns to be cognizant of as you age or you’re scratching your head at the new onset of symptoms in your lower extremities, one thing is for sure: You can never be too careful.

After all, the earlier you catch a condition, the earlier you can stop it in its tracks and optimize your overall wellness for years to come.

Thus, we’re here to educate you on the early signs and symptoms of vascular disease.

When Early Means Easy To Ignore

“The most common symptom of peripheral artery disease (PAD) in the lower extremities is a painful muscle cramping in the hips, thighs or calves when walking, climbing stairs or exercising,” according to the American Heart Association.

Generally, early indicators and symptoms of vascular disease may include:

  • Discolored toenails
  • Discolored skin around the legs, ankles, or feet
  • Ankle and leg swelling
  • Leg or foot numbness/tingling
  • And more

Thus, as they may not be considered “severe,” many people who are dealing with the early symptoms of vascular disease (like peripheral arterial disease) may mistake their symptoms for something else — if not unwittingly disregard them entirely.

Following Your Doctor’s Orders

When diagnosed properly and caught in a timely manner, it is possible to stop the progression of vascular diseases — thus, it’s imperative to inform your doctor of any of the aforementioned symptoms, no matter how slight they may seem.

“If the patient follows doctor’s orders, [they have] a 75 percent chance that [their] PAD will not get worse,” the Society for Vascular Surgery has confirmed.

If left untreated, however, vascular disease symptoms will worsen over time, leading to the potential necessity for limb amputation. Patients may also gradually experience the following:

  • Increased pain in the lower extremities
  • Impaired mobility
  • Enhanced numbness, heaviness, and/or general weakness of the limbs
  • Wounds that won’t heal
  • And more

Trusted Treatments, Trusted Team

It bears repeating: The key to stopping the progression of vascular disease is to catch it as soon as possible. After all, it’s not too late to attend to your health and find certified solutions that can help to restore your blood flow and, consequently, your comfort!

That’s why Duval Vascular Center specializes in providing a variety of disease management options, including a FREE vein screening for new patients.

You deserve answers in addition to health care of the highest quality, and our team of compassionate experts is ready to provide you with both. To learn more about how Duval Vascular Center can help you mitigate the effects of early vascular disease(s), contact us today by calling (904) 518-1398!

Whatever your needs, your health is our priority.