The blockage of blood flow caused by atherosclerosis may cause circulation problems throughout your body. This is called peripheral vascular disease. In this disease, plaque buildup reduces blood flow to your limbs, especially your legs. This can lead to the following symptoms:
- decreased pulse in your legs and feet
- loss of hair from your lower leg
- pain in your legs that comes on with walking and goes away when you rest
- ulcers on your feet
If you have any symptoms of peripheral vascular disease, see your doctor.