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:
Disease of the veins may lead to:
Texas Heart Institute www.texasheartinstitute.com/HIC/Topics/Cond/pvd.cfm
American Heart Association www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=4692
National Heart, Blood, and Lung Institute www.aboutpad.org