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Peripheral Vascular Disease

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What is peripheral vascular disease (PVD)?

PVD is a condition that causes decreased blood flow to your limbs because of blocked blood vessels. The blockage is usually caused by material such as cholesterol or a blood clot that sticks to the blood vessels and makes them narrow.

What increases my risk for PVD?

What are the signs and symptoms of PVD?

How is PVD diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will ask about your symptoms and examine you. You may need any of the following tests:

How is PVD treated?

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

How can I manage PVD?

How can I prevent PVD?

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) for any of the following:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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