What is peripheral vascular disease (PVD)?

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Arash M. Padidar, MD
Vascular & Interventional Radiology
PVD is the clogging of the arteries throughout the body. Learn more about peripheral vascular disease from Arash Padidar, MD, of Regional Medical Center of San Jose.
James J. Otto Jr., MD
Vascular Surgery
In this video, James Otto, MD, vascular surgeon at Citrus Memorial Hospital, explains PVD, or peripheral vascular disease, and PAD, peripheral arterial disease. Learn more about PVD and PAD. 
Frank J. Arena, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) is a form of atherosclerosis. Atherosclosis is the disease that causes arteries to block up, keeping the blood from getting oxygen to the tissues. Think of it like corrosion in your home's plumbing. One day your shower head doesn't work, and you discover that the pipe to it is blocked. The plumber relines the pipe (like a stent) or digs and puts a pipe downstream (bypass). Now think: If you cut the pipe on the other side of the house, is it going to be normal or caked with corrosion? If you have atherosclerosis in one place, it's likely you have it in many places.
Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) is usually in the lower extremities, seen as blockages in the arteries to legs. In this video, vascular surgeon Paul Bosher, MD, of Retreat Doctors' Hospital explains the symptoms and diagnosis of PVD.
Peripheral vascular disorders (PVDs) are conditions that can change blood flow through blood vessels in your body. PVDs do not affect the blood vessels in your heart and brain. Disorders may be in your veins or arteries, or both. PVD may also be called peripheral arterial disease, or PAD. PVD is a life-long condition that may get worse over time without treatment. If you have PVD, you are at a higher risk of having heart problems.
Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) is a disease of the large blood vessels of the arms, legs, and feet. PVD may occur when major blood vessels in these areas are blocked and do not receive enough blood. The signs of PVD are aching pains and slow-healing foot sores.
Vascular disease is disease of the blood vessels (arteries and veins). A common and serious form of vascular disease (coronary artery disease) affects the arteries that give oxygen to the heart muscle. Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) affects the areas that are “peripheral” (outside) your heart. The most common types are carotid artery disease, peripheral arterial disease (PAD), deep vein thrombosis, and venous insufficiency.

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