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What parts of the body are affected by peripheral vascular disease?

Dr. Justin P. Levisay, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) can affect many different arteries, including arteries of the legs, kidneys, arteries to the intestines and the carotid arteries that go to the brain. It can also affect the arteries that go to the upper extremities, like your arms.

Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) refers to blockage disease of the blood vessels outside of the brain and heart. It can mean the arteries, which bring blood to the tissues, or the veins, which drain blood from the tissues back to the heart. Usually, it refers to blockage disease of the blood vessels supplying the legs, arms or organs.

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