Peripheral Vascular Disease (Peripheral Arterial Disease)

Peripheral vascular disease is a decrease in blood supply to the extremities, such as the feet and legs, due to a partial blockage of the arteries. A serious form of the disease, chronic critical leg ischemia, is diagnosed when there is pain (ischemic rest pain) in the affected limb(s), non-healing wounds, or gangrene. Since peripheral vascular disease is caused by problems in the arteries, it is also called peripheral arterial disease. In its early stages, symptoms may be overlooked or go unnoticed. Risk factors for peripheral vascular disease include diabetes and smoking.

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Peripheral vascular disease (PVD), and a serious form called chronic critical limb ischemia (CLI) . . . is related to underlying causes . . .


Reviewed Aug. 21, 2012
G. Colini Baldeschi, MD, FIPP
President, International Neuromodulation Society Italian Chapter 2013 - 2016
Pain Therapy Unit
S. Giovanni-Addolorata Hospital
Rome, Italy

Last Updated on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 11:26 AM