Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD Symptoms, Signs, Causes, Treatments) Center

Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) refers to diseases of the blood vessels (arteries and veins) located outside the heart and brain. While there are many causes of peripheral vascular disease, doctors commonly use the term peripheral vascular disease to refer to peripheral artery disease (peripheral arterial disease, PAD), a condition that develops when the arteries that supply blood to the internal organs, arms, and legs become completely or partially blocked as a result of atherosclerosis. Peripheral artery disease symptoms include intermittent leg pain while walking, leg pain at rest, numbness in the  legs or feet, and poor wound healing in the legs or feet.

Treatment for peripheral artery disease include lifestyle measures, medication, angioplasty, and surgery.

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Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/19/2018

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