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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

(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.

(above) Diagram illustrating the progression of arteriosclerosis.

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