Peripheral vascular disease commonly involves the buildup of plaque in the peripheral arteries—those outside your heart. The arms and legs may offer the first sign of the presence of this narrowing of blood vessels that can lead to serious health complications.

As the arteries become blocked, they are less able to transport nourishing blood to the arms, legs and other body parts. PVD sometimes runs its course silently until the blood vessels become so clogged that treatment is required to avoid permanent damage to the surrounding tissues and limbs. 

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