Arm Artery Disease

Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: February 28, 2019

Arm artery disease

When you think vein disease most of us think legs.


Primarily that is where venous deficiency strikes. Arm based vein disease is a rarity, but it does happen. It is also known as arm claudication, steal syndrome, peripheral vascular disease, upper extremity arterial disease.

Whatever you choose to call it, it is painful and a real medical condition that needs to be diagnosed and treated.

Peripheral arterial disease anywhere in the body is the result of atherosclerosis (plaque buildup inside of the arteries). A blockage can occur. If it happens in your arm, you experience decreased blood flow. This can result in arm fatigue, weakness, and pain. It will feel worse with use. Repetitive activity, for example, even the simple act of combing your hair, can cause painful symptoms. Rest will generally help.

Another sign is that if you have a block one arm will have lower blood pressure than the other. This is usually not life-threatening, blockages can be treated by the use of stents. Those with such blockages who have this procedure done usually have a large improvement in life quality.

See a doctor if you have arm pain or fatigue that continues. Also if you take your own blood pressure and get continually different blood pressure readings in each arm. Peripheral arterial disease is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and requires aggressive care and attention.

You may notice veins becoming visible in your arms that were not previously. Veins may even become varicose as they do in the legs. If this happens it is a sure sign that you need to visit a Vein Specialist.

If you are in the Tampa, Florida area we would cordially invite you to visit Tampa Cardiovascular Associates of Tampa Bay. 813-975-2800. Our staff of highly trained professional physicians is ready to help get your venous health back on track allowing you the very best outcome possible.

Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: 28/02/2019

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