Peripheral Vascular Disease (cont.)
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What is peripheral vascular disease?
Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) is a circulation disorder that causes narrowing, blockage, or spasms of blood vessels to parts of the body other than the brain and heart.
What causes peripheral vascular disease?
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The most common cause of peripheral vascular disease is atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, a gradual process by which cholesterol plaques (material) builds up and causes inflammation in the inner walls of the arteries. This cholesterol plaque builds up over time and may block, narrow, or weaken the blood vessel walls, which results in restricted or blocked blood flow.
Other causes of peripheral vascular disease include:
What are the risk factors for peripheral vascular disease?
Risk factors for peripheral vascular disease (and atherosclerotic disease of all arteries throughout the body):
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/30/2016
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