Peripheral Vascular Disease
What Is Peripheral Vascular Disease?
Peripheral vascular disease is a form of atherosclerosis in the extremities. Athersclerosis is a hardening of the arteries, and is a progressive disease process. Athersclerosis can cause blockages in arteries of the brain, arms, kidneys, and legs. Atherosclerotic plaque is created when fatty substances build up inside the artery walls over time and cause a narrowing of the artery which inhibits blood flow. In the peripheral vessels, this is most likely to occur in the arteries of the lower abdomen leading to the legs, the renal arteries which supply blood to the kidneys, the carotid arteries which lead to the neck and brain, and the arteries that feed blood to the arms.
Reducing intake of saturated fat in the diet may lead to a decreased risk of developing atherosclerosis.
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