Atherosclerosis of the extremities
Atherosclerosis of the extremities is a disease of the peripheral blood vessels that is characterized by narrowing and hardening of the arteries that supply blood to the legs and feet. The narrowing of the arteries causes a decrease in blood flow. Symptoms include muscle cramps triggered by exercise in the thighs, calves, or feet and leg or foot pain, numbness, and cold legs or feet.
Harvey Simon, MD, Editor-in-Chief, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Physician, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA.
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