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What is Atherosclerosis of the Lower Limb Vessels?

Description of the disease

Atherosclerosis of the lower limb vessels is a chronic condition characterized by gradual narrowing of the arteries in the legs due to the buildup of fatty deposits and other substances on the vessel walls.


  • Functional classification: stage 0 (no symptoms), stage 1 (initial manifestations), stage 2 (intermittent claudication), stage 3 (pain at rest), stage 4 (ulcerative form).
  • Anatomical classification: sclerotic changes in the arteries of the lower limbs.


  • Pain and stiffness in the legs
  • Cold legs
  • Trophic ulcers on the legs


Obesity, smoking, high cholesterol levels in the blood, hypertension, diabetes, heredity.


Ultrasound of the arteries, angiography, duplex scanning.


Treatment includes lifestyle changes, medication, physiotherapy, and surgical intervention.


Quitting smoking, healthy diet, physical activity, cholesterol level control.


Vascular surgeon, angiologist.

Note: This material is provided for informational purposes only and is not medical advice.