Peripheral Vascular Disease
Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD) refers to blockages in blood vessels that are away from the heart. It is one of the most common cardiovascular diseases and leads to narrowing and hardening of the arteries that supply blood to the legs and feet.
“If you have PVD, the results can be dangerous and unfortunately, often go undetected,” said Mamata Alwarshetty, M.D., an interventional cardiologist at Rush Copley. “People who have PVD can have blockages in blood vessels elsewhere in the body and have a two to six times greater risk of dying from heart disease and stroke.”