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Peripheral Vascular Disease

Peripheral artery disease is similar to coronary artery disease and carotid artery disease. In this condition, fatty deposits build up in the inner linings of the artery walls. These blockages restrict blood circulation, mainly in arteries leading to the arms, legs and feet. People with the condition often have fatty buildup in the arteries of the heart and brain and a higher risk of death from heart attack and stroke.

A deep vein thrombosis is a blood clot that forms in a vein deep in the body. Most deep vein clots occur in the leg or hip veins. If a clot in a vein breaks off and travels through your bloodstream, it can lodge in your lung. This is called a pulmonary embolism, which is a very serious condition that can cause death.
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decision points
When dealing with an illness or health problem, you have to make decisions—when to call a doctor, which test to have, and what treatment to use. Decision Points are designed to help you learn about your choices and options, and to prepare you to work with your healthcare provider to make the best decision for your care.
Should I have a surgical procedure for peripheral arterial disease?
action sets
Action Sets are designed to help you take an active role in managing a health condition. Action Sets provide the tools and information you can use in the day-to-day management of your health conditions.
Taking anticoagulants for deep vein thrombosis
tests & procedures

You doctor may recommend one or more of the following tests to evaluate your condition.

Ankle-brachial index test
Cholesterol & Triglycerides Tests
Doppler Ultrasound
Magnetic Resonance Angiography

For other tests and diagnostic procedures use the section of this site called Medical Tests A to Z.

Coronary Artery Disease
Erection Problems (Erectile Dysfunction)
High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
High Cholesterol
Smoking Cessation
medication center
medication assistance

This section provides you with an alphabetical listing of more than 1,000 medications, including prescription drugs and those you can purchase over-the-counter. Just "click on" your medications to learn what they are used for, how to take them, special precautions, and some of the possible side effects. You can choose your medication by brand name or generic name.

Medications A-Z

If you are having difficulty paying for your medications you may qualify for financial assistance or free medications. Visit the Medication Assistance Center to learn about available medication and insurance programs.

Don't let financial problems stop you from getting the treatment you need; there are resources and organizations that may be able to help you.

additional resources

This listing provides you with Internet sites that are sponsored by government agencies or are well-known and credible national organizations.

American Heart Association
American Venous Forum
MEDLINEplus—Circulatory Disorders
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
Peripheral Vascular Disease—Texas Heart Institute

Surfing the Internet
When looking at Internet sites, remember that the information can be sponsored by anyone. Take into account the sponsoring group or individual when gathering information or help. Be especially careful about giving out personal or financial information.

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Last modified on: 30 June 2015