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Peripheral Vascular Disease

The circulatory system is made up of two kinds of blood vessels: arteries and veins. The arteries carry oxygen (and nutrient) rich blood from the heart to the rest of the body’s organs and cells. The job of the veins is to carry the blood that is oxygen-depleted through the lungs, liver and kidneys where the waste is processed and removed from the body. The venous blood then gets filled with oxygen in the lungs and returned back to the heart. When disease occurs in the blood vessels outside of the brain and heart, it is called Peripheral Vascular Disease. It is usually characterized by the arteries becoming narrow which reduces blood flow to the legs, arms and other organs. People with this condition are at a high risk for heart attack and stroke.

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