About Peripheral Arterial Disease

PERIPHERAL ARTERIAL DISEASE (PAD, PVD)

Peripheral vascular disease (PVD), commonly referred to as peripheral arterial disease (PAD) or peripheral artery occlusive disease (PAOD), refers to the obstruction of large arteries not within the coronary, aortic arch vasculature, or brain.

PVD can result from atherosclerosis, inflammatory processes leading to stenosis, an embolism, or thrombus formation. It causes either acute or chronic ischemia (lack of blood supply). Often PVD is a term used to refer to atherosclerotic blockages found in the lower extremity.

PVD also includes a subset of diseases classified as microvascular diseases resulting from episodal narrowing of the arteries (Raynaud's phenomenon), or widening thereof (erythromelalgia), i.e. vascular spasms.


SYMPTONS OF PAD

About 20% of patients with mild PAD may be asymptomatic; other symptoms include:


CAUSES OF PAD

Risk factors contributing to PAD are the same as those for atherosclerosis:


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