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What is Peripheral Vascular Disease?


Peripheral Vascular Disease includes PAD and a variety of conditions that affect different types of blood vessels, and increase your chance of having a heart attack or stroke.
 

  • Peripheral artery disease (PAD): A blockage or narrowing of the arteries of the body most commonly found in the legs, but can involve many of the body’s arteries. Even if no symptoms are present, PAD increases your risk of heart attack, stroke and death, more than coronary artery disease.
  • Claudication: An obstruction in the arteries, typically in the legs or arms, that causes cramping during exercise and is relieved by rest.
  • Carotid artery stenosis: A narrowing or blockage of the artery leading to the brain.
  • Renal artery stenosis: A narrowing or blockage of the arteries leading to the kidneys.
  • Mesenteric artery stenosis: A narrowing or blockage of the arteries leading to the other organs in the abdomen.
  • Peripheral aneurysms like abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA): A weakening of the wall of the artery that leads from the heart, causing an enlarged vessel and an increased risk of rupture.
  • Pulmonary embolism: A clot in the arteries of the lungs.
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT): A clot in the veins of the legs.
  • Chronic venous insufficiency: A problem with blood flow from the back of the legs to the heart. The condition can lead to varicose veins, swelling and leg pain, and non-healing ulcers.

 



 
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