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What the heck is peripheral vascular disease really?

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Dr. Christopher Bulger
Surgery - Vascular
6 doctors agree

In brief: Narrow arteries

Peripheral vascular or peripheral arterial disease refers to a pathologic process where the arteries are weakened damaged or blocked.
This is typically caused by plaque build up which is exacerbated by diet and smoking.

In brief: Narrow arteries

Peripheral vascular or peripheral arterial disease refers to a pathologic process where the arteries are weakened damaged or blocked.
This is typically caused by plaque build up which is exacerbated by diet and smoking.
Dr. Christopher Bulger
Dr. Christopher Bulger
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Dr. Claude Brachfeld
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Blockage of arteries

Plaque consisting of cholesterol, fats, and calcium may build up inside of the arteries, usually those providing flow to the legs but also the kidneys, intestine of brain (carotid arteries).
This is most common in people with diabetes, abnormal cholesterol, hypertension, and a history of smoking. These blockages can often be treated through a catheter with plaque removal or stents.

In brief: Blockage of arteries

Plaque consisting of cholesterol, fats, and calcium may build up inside of the arteries, usually those providing flow to the legs but also the kidneys, intestine of brain (carotid arteries).
This is most common in people with diabetes, abnormal cholesterol, hypertension, and a history of smoking. These blockages can often be treated through a catheter with plaque removal or stents.
Dr. Claude Brachfeld
Dr. Claude Brachfeld
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Dr. Linda Harris
These blockages are like clogs in your plumbing- they block the blood flow to an area. Dpending on what area is involved, and how bad the blockage is, the symptoms will differ.
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