Arm artery disease is a type of peripheral artery disease. It is a circulatory disorder in which the arteries in the arm become narrow or blocked, unable to carry oxygen-rich blood into the arms.
Why Choose The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center?
Vascular surgeons at The Ohio State University Medical Center are experts in the treatment of all peripheral artery diseases, such as arm artery disease. For patients who cannot be treated with traditional methods, our vascular surgeons participate in ongoing clinical trials investigating new treatments for peripheral artery disease.
What Is Arm Artery Disease?
As your body ages, your artery walls accumulate fatty deposits. This atherosclerotic process narrows and hardens the arteries, and may eventually obstruct blood flow. If you have arm artery disease, you may experience the following symptoms in your arm:
- Intermittent claudication (discomfort or pain that occurs when exercising)
- Heaviness or weakness
- Muscle atrophy (wasting)
The pain may stop when you rest. As the disease develops, you may experience cool, pale or reddish-blue skin. You may be unable to find a pulse in your wrist or notice that one arm is colder than the other arm. These symptoms are caused by the narrowed arteries' inability to supply necessary oxygen to the muscles.
Arm artery disease can progress slowly and remain undiagnosed. If you have these symptoms, be sure to inform your physician. This condition can lead to increased risk of amputation, heart attack and stroke.
What Causes Arm Artery Disease?
Arm artery disease is usually caused by atherosclerosis. Risk factors that contribute to arm artery disease are:
Many of these risk factors can be reduced or eliminated by changing your lifestyle.