What are the causes, symptoms, and treatment for heart disease? How is it prevented?

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May 17, 2018

If you have been told you may have peripheral vascular disease (PVD), St. Anthony Hospital’s comprehensive vascular program has the advanced diagnostic, treatment and management care you need—all at one convenient location. Here’s what you need to know.

PVDs are caused by poor blood flow in blood vessels outside of the brain and heart. They most often occur in veins and arteries supplying blood to the arms, legs, feet and lower organs, and they get worse over time. The term peripheral arterial disease or PAD refers to PVDs that affect the arteries.

While most PVDs are the result of a narrowing of the blood vessels that serve the arms and legs, they also can be caused by infection, injury and abnormal muscles or ligaments.