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Can you tell me what is the difference between peripheral arterial disease and peripheral venous disease?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: Yes

Peripheral means in the extremities (arms/legs).
Arteries are thick walled, high pressure, elastic conduits that send oxygen rich pulsatile blood from the heart to the periphery .Veins are thin walled, low pressure, non-pulsatile, relatively larger structures that return oxygen poor blood to the heart and lungs. Both diseases can cause pain. The hallmark of PVD is swelling; of pad, pain with use.

In brief: Yes

Peripheral means in the extremities (arms/legs).
Arteries are thick walled, high pressure, elastic conduits that send oxygen rich pulsatile blood from the heart to the periphery .Veins are thin walled, low pressure, non-pulsatile, relatively larger structures that return oxygen poor blood to the heart and lungs. Both diseases can cause pain. The hallmark of PVD is swelling; of pad, pain with use.
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Dr. Ehab Kasasbeh
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: PAD

Arterial affects the arteries and can cause pain on walking, and if severe gangrene.
Venous is usually clots in veins or varicose veins.

In brief: PAD

Arterial affects the arteries and can cause pain on walking, and if severe gangrene.
Venous is usually clots in veins or varicose veins.
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