Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) refers to diseases of blood vessels outside of the heart and brain. It is often a narrowing of vessels that carry blood to the legs, arms, stomach or kidneys. Varicose veins are an example of PVD in the veins.
The most common type of PVD occurs in the arteries. This is called peripheral arterial disease (PAD), which like coronary artery disease, occurs as a result of plaque or fatty buildup (atherosclerosis) in the walls of the arteries. This may include an aneurysm ballooning the arterial wall within the abdominal section of the aorta or carotid artery disease.
PAD may be dangerous if left untreated and could result in gangrene and amputation of limbs due to severely restricted blood flow. Some patients with PAD have a higher risk of stroke or heart attack. Early detection of PAD is essential.
Symptoms of PVD vary, depending on the affected area, but may include:
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, consult a MemorialCare Physician partner.
You might be at risk for PVD if you:
Peripheral Vascular Disease Screenings
MemorialCare provides low cost, noninvasive vascular screenings to detect PVD.
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