Living with peripheral vascular disease

Peripheral vascular disease can occur when there is a narrowing of blood vessels. The process occurs from atherosclerosis which is a buildup of fatty deposits and calcium. The main risk factor is smoking. Other risk factors include diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Symptoms include leg cramping when walking and could progress to sores on toes or feet that don’t heal. Tobacco cessation, exercise, and a healthy diet are often successful treatments. When these changes aren't enough, medications or surgery can help.

Edward Hospital Peripheral Vascular Disease Guidebook