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How can peripheral vascular disease affect your body?

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If you have peripheral vascular disease, blood has trouble flowing through some of your arteries or veins. Your lymphatic vessels can also be affected. These lead to your lymph nodes, which kill bacteria and viruses before they can infect other parts of your body. Any of these vessels may be damaged, blocked, or have spasms that make them narrow suddenly. This happens most often in your legs and feet. But vessels that lead to your brain, lungs, and kidneys can be damaged, too.

SOURCES:

Pacific Heart Lung & Blood Institute: "All About Vascular Disease."

SecondsCount/The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions: "Peripheral Vascular Disease: How Problems with Arteries & Veins Affect Legs, Brain & Kidneys."

Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis: "Peripheral Vascular Disease."

Sontheimer, D. June 1, 2006. American Family Physician,

Mayo Clinic: "Raynaud's disease."

American Heart Association: "What Is Peripheral Vascular Disease?"

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Peripheral Vascular Disease."

Texas Heart Institute: "Peripheral Vascular Disease."

Johnstone, C. April 1, 2003. Nursing Times,

CardioSmart/American College of Cardiology: "Peripheral Arterial Disease."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on November 17, 2016

SOURCES:

Pacific Heart Lung & Blood Institute: "All About Vascular Disease."

SecondsCount/The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions: "Peripheral Vascular Disease: How Problems with Arteries & Veins Affect Legs, Brain & Kidneys."

Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis: "Peripheral Vascular Disease."

Sontheimer, D. June 1, 2006. American Family Physician,

Mayo Clinic: "Raynaud's disease."

American Heart Association: "What Is Peripheral Vascular Disease?"

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Peripheral Vascular Disease."

Texas Heart Institute: "Peripheral Vascular Disease."

Johnstone, C. April 1, 2003. Nursing Times,

CardioSmart/American College of Cardiology: "Peripheral Arterial Disease."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on November 17, 2016

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