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Medical Library Topics Peripheral vascular disease

Peripheral vascular disease

Overview

Peripheral vascular disease is a sign of fatty deposits and calcium building up in the walls of the arteries (atherosclerosis). Risk factors include aging, diabetes, and smoking.

Symptoms

Symptoms may include leg pain, particularly when walking.

Treatments

Tobacco cessation, exercise, and a healthy diet are often successful treatments. When these changes aren't enough, medications or surgery can help.

Last Updated: June 13th, 2017