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Who is at risk for peripheral vascular disease?

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If you have diabetes, smoke, or use tobacco in some other way, you have a higher risk of peripheral vascular disease (PVD). That's because these things affect your blood flow. If you're over 50 or have family members with PVD or a history of high cholesterol or blood pressure, you're also at higher risk. Obesity or sitting for long periods of time also can increase your chances of this condition.

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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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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