Get E-Book on COVID-19

Heart & Circulatory Health Data Verified

Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD): Causes, Prevention, Symptoms and Treatments

Written by
Dr. Saurabh Joshi
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.

Published on Oct 24, 2013 and last reviewed on Jan 03, 2020   -  2 min read



PVD (peripheral vascular disease) is a condition that commonly affects the arteries in the legs of older adults, smokers, and hypertensive patients. Read about its symptoms, risk factors, diagnosis, and treatment options.

Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD): Causes, Prevention, Symptoms and Treatments

What Is PVD

Peripheral Vascular Disease or PVD is a disease of the arteries of the legs caused by deposition of cholesterol and other fats. Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is the most common form of PVD.This causes less blood to flow through the arteries and causes symptoms from this reduced blood supply.

Symptoms of PVD

Depending on the severity, symptoms can be

Risk Factors of PVD

PVD Diagnosis

PVD Treatment

Mild disease can be treated by lifestyle modification and medications. Severe disease can be treated by Angioplasty and Stenting. This is done in a Cath Lab (catheterization laboratory) and is done via a small pin hole access in the groin. Small instruments like catheters and wires are used to reach the blocked artery and blocks are opened by inflating appropriately sized balloons across the blocks. Stents can also be placed to scaffold the treated segments and help the artery to remain open. Long segment occlusions can need surgical bypass graft placement.

Can This Disease Recur After Angioplasty

How Long Do I Need to Say In the Hospital For An Angioplasty ?

Typically the patient gets admitted the day before the procedure, certain tests are done to determine the Kidney and Cardiac function. The procedure is done the next morning. Since the angioplasty is done via a small pin hole over the groin, there is very little down time. You can walk around 6 hours after the procedure and go home the next day.


This is a sponsored Ad. icliniq or icliniq doctors do not endorse the content in the Ad.

Last reviewed at:
03 Jan 2020  -  2 min read


Dr. Saurabh Joshi

Dr. Saurabh Joshi

MBBS, MD ( Radiology )

Consult by PhoneConsult by Phone Video ChatVideo Chat


Comprehensive Medical Second Opinion.Submit your Case

Related Questions & Answers

Why am I having skin problem on my stomach for the past two months?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had this on my stomach for about two months now. I am wondering what it is.  Read Full »

Can you give me a medical opinion on CT angiogram?

Query: Hello doctor, Please, could you give your medical opinion on the following CT angiogram? My query would be for you to look at the jugular veins which are near C1 in the neck. Symptoms have progressed over the course of four years, dizziness, neck pain, chronic headache, and collapse. The report ha...  Read Full »

Is it safe to use honey on a diabetic foot ulcer?

Query: Hello doctor,I have a diabetic foot ulcer that is taking forever to heal. Yes, I am seeing a podiatrist and following my foot care to his instructions. My question is;Is using 'honey' on the ulcer alright to use and will it work? I did a lot of research and all of them report a quicker healing. Res...  Read Full »

Popular Articles Most Popular Articles

Do you have a question on ?

Ask a Doctor Online

* guaranteed answer within 4 hours.

Disclaimer: All health articles published on this website is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical diagnosis, advice or treatment by a trained physician. Seek the advice from your physician or other qualified health-care providers with questions you may have regarding your symptoms and medical condition for a complete medical diagnosis. Do not delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice because of something you have read on this website.