What is Peripheral Vascular Disease?

Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD) involves either veins or arteries, and is characterized by the decreased blood flow to or from the lower extremities. Signs and symptoms differ depending on whether the veins or arteries are involved.

Managing PVD involves increasing circulation, preventing decreased circulation and avoiding injury to your lower extremities. Things that can decrease your circulation involve: Smoking, crossing your legs, wearing constrictive clothes, avoiding extreme temperature exposure, avoid sitting or standing for long periods of time, and by eating a diet low in fats, salt and cholesterol. You can increase the circulation to your lower extremities by: walking, wearing support hose, and performing exercises approved by your doctor.

Potential complications of PVD include: Ulcers, Cellulitis, Gangrene, Thrombophlebitis (inflammation of the vein with a clot formation) and blood clots.