What is vascular pain?

Vascular pain is pain that develops when there is interruption in blood flow to a tissue, organ or nerves.

What causes vascular pain?

Many kinds of vascular diseases or injuries have the potential to cause pain. Diseases such as the following often are culprits:

  • Vasculitis (inflammation of blood vessels)
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Circulatory problems
  • Vascular ruptures (breakages)
  • Constrictions
  • Blood vessel spasms
  • Ischemia (condition in which blood supply to organs, tissues or limbs is cut off)
  • Peripheral vascular disease (condition involving the narrowing of blood vessels that carry blood to leg and arm muscles)
  • Trauma injuries (including accidents, stab wounds, and gunshot wounds)

What are the symptoms of vascular pain?

Symptoms include lack of circulation, pain, or heaviness in the area affected by vascular disease or injury. There also may be numbness, weakness, or a tingling feeling in the affected area.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 07/17/2019.


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