Peripheral Vascular Disease Topic Guide

Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD) Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD):

Peripheral vascular disease (PVD or peripheral artery disease) refers to any disease or disorder of the circulatory system outside of the brain and heart. Common causes of peripheral vascular disease include blood clots, diabetes, inflammation of the arteries, infection, structural defects, and injury. Symptoms of peripheral artery disease include

  • buttock pain,
  • numbness, tingling, or weakness in the legs,
  • burning or aching pain in the feet or toes while resting,
  • a sore on a leg or a foot that will not heal,
  • one or both legs or feet feel cold or change color (pale, bluish, dark reddish),
  • loss of hair on the legs, and
  • impotence.

Tests are used to diagnose peripheral vascular disease. Treatment guidelines include medication, lifestyle changes, and if necessary, surgical intervention.

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