Which findings from an exam of the low extremities for atrial fibrillation (Afib) (AF) suggest peripheral arterial disease?

Updated: Apr 09, 2019
  • Author: Lawrence Rosenthal, MD, PhD, FACC, FHRS; Chief Editor: Jeffrey N Rottman, MD  more...
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Examination of the lower extremities may reveal cyanosis, clubbing, or edema. A cool or cold pulseless extremity may suggest peripheral embolization, and assessment of peripheral pulses may lead to the diagnosis of peripheral arterial disease or diminished cardiac output.


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