What is the difference between venous and arterial disease?
Arterial ulcers develop as the result of damage to the arteries due to lack of blood flow to tissue. Venous ulcers develop from damage to the veins caused by an insufficient return of blood back to the heart.
Is Peripheral Vascular Disease venous or arterial?
Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) is a generic “umbrella term” that describes a large number of circulatory diseases. These diseases affect not only arteries but also veins and lymphatic vessels. They can also appear in locations other than the legs, including the arms, neck, and face.
Is peripheral artery disease and peripheral vascular disease the same?
Peripheral vascular disease (PVD), also called peripheral arterial disease (PAD), is a condition in which in which narrowed blood vessels outside the heart cannot deliver enough oxygen and nutrients to the body.
PVD may result from a narrowing of the blood vessels that carry blood to the legs and arms. The most common cause is atherosclerosis. Other causes of PVD may include injury to the arms or legs, abnormal muscles or ligaments, or infection.
The body's vascular, or circulatory, system is comprised of the arteries and veins that carry blood throughout the body, as well as the lymph vessels that transport lymphatic fluid. The term peripheral refers to any part of this system that is outside of the heart.
It is primarily caused by the buildup of fatty plaque in the arteries, which is called atherosclerosis. PAD can happen in any blood vessel, but it is more common in the legs than the arms.
Peripheral Vascular Disease Symptoms
Both legs are often affected at the same time, although the pain may be worse in 1 leg. Other symptoms of PAD can include: hair loss on your legs and feet. numbness or weakness in the legs.
The most common symptom of lower-extremity peripheral artery disease is painful muscle cramping in the hips, thighs or calves when walking, climbing stairs or exercising. The pain of PAD often goes away when you stop exercising, although this may take a few minutes. Working muscles need more blood flow.
The peripheral vascular system is the part of the circulatory system that consists of the veins and arteries not in the chest or abdomen (i.e. in the arms, hands, legs and feet).
Peripheral venous disease is diagnosed after a physical examination that includes a check of your blood pressure and heart. Your doctor can usually tell if you have a blood clot. However, you may have to undergo additional tests, including: Doppler ultrasound imaging.