Limb ischemia, also called critical limb ischemia, is a vascular condition that occurs when blood flow through the arteries to feet, legs, or hands is blocked. It prevents nutrients and oxygen from reaching your body’s tissues. Ischemia means loss of tissue oxygenation and restricted blood supply. It can result in tissue death.
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Symptoms of Critical Limb Ischemia
The symptoms and signs of limb ischemia may include:
- Shiny, pale skin compared to the rest of the body
- Pain during movement or at rest
- Skin temperature cooler than the rest of the body
- Feelings of pins and needles
- No or weak pulse in the affected arm, leg, or foot
- Thickened toenails
- Skin infections and sores that do not heal
If you notice any of these symptoms of limb ischemia, call your doctor right away.
Causes of Ischemic Leg & Other Limb Ischemia
Limb ischemia is a sign of advanced peripheral artery disease. It is caused by a buildup of plaque in your blood vessels. As the plaque builds up, it becomes harder for blood to flow through to your arms, legs, or feet.
Treating & Preventing Limb Ischemia at Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican Hospitals
A person with limb ischemia needs treatment as quickly as possible. Blood circulation to the limb must be increased to prevent permanent damage to the affected limb.
Treatment may include:
- Wound care for infected or non-healing limbs — amputation may be necessary if the limb cannot be saved
- Surgery, including stenting or angioplasty to widen the clogged artery, atherectomy to remove the plaque, and peripheral bypass surgery to redirect blood flow through a synthetic graft or healthy blood vessel
- Medications to treat high cholesterol or high blood pressure or to control peripheral artery disease (such as anticoagulants, or blood thinners)
- Pain medications to reduce discomfort
Preventing limb ischemia means following your treatment plan if you have peripheral artery disease. Knowing how to recognize limb ischemia will help stop problems before they become severe. Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican hospitals offers multiple treatment options for limb ischemia in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV.