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Could you please tell me the difference between having chronic venous insufficiency and peripheral vascular disease?
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Dr. Samir Gupta
Surgery
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In brief: Arteries vs. veins
Pvd is due to hardening of arteries of legs with pain due to activity.
Venous insufficiency is due to damage to the valves in the leg veins that allow blood to return to the heart causing the legs to swell and be painful.

In brief: Arteries vs. veins
Pvd is due to hardening of arteries of legs with pain due to activity.
Venous insufficiency is due to damage to the valves in the leg veins that allow blood to return to the heart causing the legs to swell and be painful.
Dr. Samir Gupta
Dr. Samir Gupta
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Dr. Douglas Joyce
Phlebology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: In vs. out flow
Chronic venous insufficiency results from valve dysfunction in the venous system. This causes the pressure in the veins just under the skin to become too high resulting in swelling of the veins.
These veins enlarge and become varicose, leak water causing leg swelling, leak blood resulting in skin discoloration. Ulcers can occur. PVD is the result of blockages in the arteries supplying blood.

In brief: In vs. out flow
Chronic venous insufficiency results from valve dysfunction in the venous system. This causes the pressure in the veins just under the skin to become too high resulting in swelling of the veins.
These veins enlarge and become varicose, leak water causing leg swelling, leak blood resulting in skin discoloration. Ulcers can occur. PVD is the result of blockages in the arteries supplying blood.
Dr. Douglas Joyce
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Dr. Ted King
Phlebology
In brief: Veins vs arteries
As drs. Gupta and mitsos said, the difference has to do with what veins and arteries do.
Venous insufficiency affects blood flow back to the heart. Pad affects blood flow away from the heart and out into the body. Pad pain occurs with activity, improves with rest and is better when your legs are down. Cvi worsens when your legs are down and not moving. Leg elevation helps the pain.

In brief: Veins vs arteries
As drs. Gupta and mitsos said, the difference has to do with what veins and arteries do.
Venous insufficiency affects blood flow back to the heart. Pad affects blood flow away from the heart and out into the body. Pad pain occurs with activity, improves with rest and is better when your legs are down. Cvi worsens when your legs are down and not moving. Leg elevation helps the pain.
Dr. Ted King
Dr. Ted King
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In brief: Veins and Arteries
Venous insufficiency involves poor return of blood flow back up the leg in the veins to the heart.
Peripheral vascular disease involves poor blood flow from the heart to the ends of the toes in the arteries.

In brief: Veins and Arteries
Venous insufficiency involves poor return of blood flow back up the leg in the veins to the heart.
Peripheral vascular disease involves poor blood flow from the heart to the ends of the toes in the arteries.
Dr. Angelo Mitsos
Dr. Angelo Mitsos
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