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What is the difference between chronic venous insufficiency and peripheral vascular disease?

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Dr. Michael Korona
Radiology - Interventional
8 doctors agree

In brief: Different vessels

Pad involves disease of arteries.
Venous insufficiency is problem of veins with leaky valves.

In brief: Different vessels

Pad involves disease of arteries.
Venous insufficiency is problem of veins with leaky valves.
Dr. Michael Korona
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Dr. Mark Robbins
Surgery - Vascular
5 doctors agree

In brief: PAD VS. CVI

Peripheral vascular disease, more recently referred to as peripheral arterial disease (pad) , includes diseases that affect the delivery of blood to the extremities.
Veins return blood to the heart and lungs. Chronic venous insufficiency when valves within the veins fail, allowing blood to pool in the legs.

In brief: PAD VS. CVI

Peripheral vascular disease, more recently referred to as peripheral arterial disease (pad) , includes diseases that affect the delivery of blood to the extremities.
Veins return blood to the heart and lungs. Chronic venous insufficiency when valves within the veins fail, allowing blood to pool in the legs.
Dr. Mark Robbins
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Dr. Ted King
I agree. Although it is possible to have peripharal arterial disease and venous insufficiency at the same time, having one doesn't necessarily mean that you will also have the other. They really are two very different disease processes, although the one risk factor that they both have in common is obesity.
4 doctors agree

In brief: Vein vs Artery

Chronic venous insufficiency is disease of the veins.
The veins bring blood back to the heart. Peripheral vascular disease is also known as peripheral arterial disease. The arteries are vessels that take blood away from the heart. Typically a person only suffers from one of these problems! the patients that suffer from both are more difficult to treat.

In brief: Vein vs Artery

Chronic venous insufficiency is disease of the veins.
The veins bring blood back to the heart. Peripheral vascular disease is also known as peripheral arterial disease. The arteries are vessels that take blood away from the heart. Typically a person only suffers from one of these problems! the patients that suffer from both are more difficult to treat.
Dr. Ernest Zichal
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Dr. Timothy Byrnes
Internal Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Artery and vein

Venous insufficiency is a disease of the vein which drains blood out of the legs.
Periferal vascular disease is a disease of the artery which delivers blood to the legs.

In brief: Artery and vein

Venous insufficiency is a disease of the vein which drains blood out of the legs.
Periferal vascular disease is a disease of the artery which delivers blood to the legs.
Dr. Timothy Byrnes
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Dr. Ted King
Phlebology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: BIg difference

Both involve vessels that carry blood.
Chronic venous insufficiency (cvi) affects veins, peripheral vascular (arterial) disease (pad) affects arteries. Both mean that blood isn't getting through the vessels properly. With cvi, the problem is that the inside of the veins carrying the blood becomes too large. With pad, the problem is the inside of the arteries carrying the blood becomes too small.

In brief: BIg difference

Both involve vessels that carry blood.
Chronic venous insufficiency (cvi) affects veins, peripheral vascular (arterial) disease (pad) affects arteries. Both mean that blood isn't getting through the vessels properly. With cvi, the problem is that the inside of the veins carrying the blood becomes too large. With pad, the problem is the inside of the arteries carrying the blood becomes too small.
Dr. Ted King
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