How do peripheral arterial and peripheral vascular disease differ?

Anthony G. Smeglin, MD
Interventional Cardiology
Peripheral arterial disease and peripheral vascular disease are not the same thing. Peripheral arterial disease, or peripheral artery disease, is a process that affects the arterial blood vessels in the body. Peripheral vascular disease encompasses peripheral artery disease but also includes other things like venous disease or disease processes that affect the organs. Peripheral artery disease refers to arteries that lead to all areas of the body.

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Justin P. Levisay, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
PAD (peripheral arterial disease) is specific to arterial blockages that are more common. PVD (peripheral vascular disease) refers both to arterial and venous problems.

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