Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD)


Peripheral arteries and veins are those that are distant from the heart; they carry blood to and from the arms, legs, head, and abdomen. Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) affects these peripheral blood vessels, and takes the form of blood clots, inflammation, narrowing, or blockage. When PVD affects only the arteries and not the veins, it is called peripheral arterial disease (PAD).

Diseases of the arteries may lead to:

Aortic Aneurysms
Arterial Blockage
Buerger Disease
Raynaud Phenomenon

Disease of the veins may lead to:

• Phlebitis (Superficial and Deep Vein Thrombosis)
Pulmonary Embolism
• Varicose Veins


Resources

Texas Heart Institute www.texasheartinstitute.com/HIC/Topics/Cond/pvd.cfm
MedlinePlus www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/peripheralvasculardiseases.html
American Heart Association www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=4692
National Heart, Blood, and Lung Institute www.aboutpad.org 
Updated December 2009