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Is there a difference between peripheral arterial disease and peripheral venous disease?
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Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Surgery - Vascular
4 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
They are completely different.
Venous disease is somewhat genetic, but if people lived long enough almost everyone would probably get venous disease at some point in their life. In fact 15% of the adult population has venous disease. Arterial disease, in contrast, is not as common in the general population. It occurs in smokers, diabetics, and in people with high blood pressure and cholesterol.

In brief: Yes
They are completely different.
Venous disease is somewhat genetic, but if people lived long enough almost everyone would probably get venous disease at some point in their life. In fact 15% of the adult population has venous disease. Arterial disease, in contrast, is not as common in the general population. It occurs in smokers, diabetics, and in people with high blood pressure and cholesterol.
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
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Dr. Irv Loh
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Vascular disease can affect the arteries (blood to the extremities) and veins (blood from the extremities), but both involve compromise in normal flow.
Effort related pain, skin thinning, hair loss, and possible gangrene reflect arterial disease. Worse edema at night, varicosities, night calf cramps are usually venous. Causes are important to sort out since they dictate treatment options.

In brief: Yes
Vascular disease can affect the arteries (blood to the extremities) and veins (blood from the extremities), but both involve compromise in normal flow.
Effort related pain, skin thinning, hair loss, and possible gangrene reflect arterial disease. Worse edema at night, varicosities, night calf cramps are usually venous. Causes are important to sort out since they dictate treatment options.
Dr. Irv Loh
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