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Peripheral Vascular Disease (cont.)

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If untreated, peripheral vascular disease can develop complications:

  • Permanent numbness, tingling, or weakness in legs or feet
  • Permanent burning or aching pain in legs or feet
  • Gangrene: This is a very serious condition. It is the result of a leg or foot or other body part not getting enough blood. The tissues die and begin to decay. The only treatment is amputation of the affected body part.

People with peripheral vascular disease are at higher-than-normal risk of heart attack and stroke.

Support Groups and Counseling

Vascular Disease Foundation
3333 S. Wadsworth Blvd., #B104-37
Lakewood, CO 80227
(866) 723-4636

Medically reviewed by Robert J. Bryg, MD; Board Certified Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Cardiovascular Disease


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/30/2014
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