What Is Peripheral Vascular Disease?
About 10 million Americans suffer from peripheral vascular disease (PVD), a slow and progressive circulation disorder that involves arteries and veins outside of the heart, as well as lymphatic vessels. Patients with coronary artery disease often also have peripheral vascular disease because the risk factors and causes can impact veins and arteries throughout their body.
Peripheral vascular disorders are conditions that cause changes in the way the blood flows through blood vessels (veins and arteries) in your body. This may occur when an artery becomes narrowed, weakened or blocked. It can occur in vessels that carry blood to the legs, arms, stomach or kidneys. When it occurs in the arteries, it is called peripheral arterial disease (PAD). Complications of both PVD and PAD include poor wound healing, restricted mobility, limb pain, stroke, heart attack and loss of limb.