Atherosclerosis can affect the arteries in the heart, legs, brain, kidneys and other organs. The type of atherosclerosis known as peripheral arterial disease (PAD), peripheral vascular disease (PVD) and lower extremity vascular disease occurs in the vessels that carry blood to the arms and .
Peripheral vascular disease vs venous insufficiency - What is the difference between chronic venous insufficiency and peripheral vascular disease? Different vessels. Pad involves disease of arteries. Venous insufficiency is problem of veins with leaky valves.
The cause of leg numbness with PVD is the lack of blood flow to the legs. The severity of the symptoms depend on which artery is affected and how much the blood flow is restricted. Along with numbness there may be pain that comes and goes, cramping, heaviness, burning, tingling and weakness in the legs.
mollie: Can losing weight help prevent varicose or spider veins? Speaker_-_ Sunita_Srivastava, MD: Excellent question! Weight loss can improve and or prevent varicose veins by reducing pressure on the veins. In addition it promotes healthy circulation in both the arteries and the veins. Walking is the best exercise for blood vessel health.