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Does peripheral vascular disease cause heart attack? Please, need some answers?

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Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Surgery - Trauma

In brief: Same disease

Both PVD and coronary artery disease are manifestations of the same disease process, which is atherosclerosis (hardening of arteries).
Both are aggravated by smoking and high blood pressure. Both can be improved by exercise, improved diet, weight loss, lipid/cholesterol control and smoking cessation. PVD patients undergoing surgery are at increased risk for heart attack.

In brief: Same disease

Both PVD and coronary artery disease are manifestations of the same disease process, which is atherosclerosis (hardening of arteries).
Both are aggravated by smoking and high blood pressure. Both can be improved by exercise, improved diet, weight loss, lipid/cholesterol control and smoking cessation. PVD patients undergoing surgery are at increased risk for heart attack.
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