Critical Limb Ischemia
Critical Limb Ischemia
Left untreated, PAD can lead to amputation
Have you heard of CLI?
We understand that as you learn more about Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a disease in which plaque builds up in the arteries that carry blood to your head, organs, and limbs. Plaque is made up of fat, cholesterol, calcium, fibrous tissue, and other substances in the blood. (Peripheral Artery Disease, a potentially life threatening disease where plaque, like calcium, builds up along blood vessel walls, narrowing the arteries and reducing blood flow to the legs and feet.), you may discover stages of the disease you’re unfamiliar with, such as Also potentially known as CLI, the most severe and deadly form of peripheral artery disease., or CLI. This is the worst form of PAD. Doctors may also refer to this condition as Also referred to as critical limb ischemia (CLI), the most severe and deadly form of peripheral artery disease., or CLTI. Ask a doctor if you have an advanced stage of PAD, or use our Find a Doctor tool to locate a PAD specialist.
When you have PAD, your Arteries are blood vessels that carry blood to your heart and other parts of your body. are narrowed, restricting the blood flow to your legs, feet and/or toes. If a diagnosis has shown your PAD has advanced to CLI, the restricted blood flow could be so considerable and widespread that you may be at significant risk for To surgically remove all or part of a limb (leg, foot or toe).
Without treatment to help restore circulation you may need an amputation and your life could be at risk.4
What are the symptoms?
The presence of an Ulcers (or wounds) can occur when there is poor blood flow in your legs or feet. Poor blood flow causes cells to die and damages tissue, often on the feet and legs. These types of wounds can be slow-healing. or Gangrene is dead tissue, caused by poor blood flow to part of your body. Gangrene can occur on the skin or in muscles or organs. Peripheral artery disease is a known cause of gangrene. is often a sign of CLI. Leg pain while walking and leg pain that is frequently intolerable also can be common with CLI. Intense discomfort from CLI can last from minutes to hours, and often happens at night.
The leg pain from CLI can interrupt your sleep, and you might hang your foot off the edge of the bed in an attempt to get relief. Or you might only be able to get rest when you sleep upright in a chair.20
Make an Appointment
CLI can impact your health, and only a health care professional can diagnose you. Don’t put it off. Talk with your doctor now, or use our Find a Doctor tool to locate a PAD specialist near you.
Talk to Your Doctor
Only a health care professional can diagnose you with PAD. Our Symptom Quiz can help guide the conversation about your treatment options.
Take the Symptom Quiz
Click below to take the interactive Symptom Quiz. You can print your answers out and take them with you to a doctor to help guide your conversation about PAD.