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Are vascular conditions a common complication of atherosclerosis?

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Dr. Charles Jost
Cardiology 36 years experience
PVD: Peripheral vascular disease is part of the progress of atherosclerosis since there are arteries throughout the body and the plaque can build up anywhere in that system, eg the carotid arteries, the legs, the renal artery - anywhere. This can result in ischemia - insufficient oxygen causing pain and potentially muscle death - people with advance disease can lose a toe or a leg.
Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 32 years experience
Atherosclerosis: The most common form of vascular condition is atherosclerosis. Aka hardening of the arteries, plaque. Other forms of vascular conditions include inflammatory, congenital, and traumatic. Stop smoking, take your blood pressure, diabetic and cholesterol meds. Exercise and follow up with your docs.

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