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What is PVD?

PVD stands for Peripheral Vascular Disease, a disease in the blood vessel outside your heart.

Types of PVD include:

  • Arterial Occlusive Disease – disease of the arteries that leads to blockages
  • Aneurysmal Disease – weakening and ballooning of artery walls
  • Venous Disease – disease of views such as:
    • Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)
    • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)
    • Varicose veins, venous insufficiency

Complications of PVD include but are not limited to:

  • Myocardial infarction (also know as a heart attack)
  • Stroke
  • Renal impairment (also known as kidney disease), and
  • Pain in the legs brought on by walking known as intermittent claudication.

If you have been diagnosed with the following, you may be eligible to participate in our clinical trials:

  • PAD – Peripheral Artery Disease
  • AAA – Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
  • Any Peripheral Vascular Disease

healthy artary vs narrowed artery

(above) Diagram illustrating a healthy artery and an atherosclerotic artery in a human leg. The build-up of fats, cholesterol and other substances in and on the artery walls obstructs blood flow.

progression of arteriosclerosis.

(above) Diagram illustrating the progression of arteriosclerosis.

different types of abdominal aortic aneurysm.

(above) Diagram illustrating two different types of abdominal aortic aneurysm.