Peripheral arterial occlusive disease (pAVD): symptoms and treatmentPeripheral arterial occlusive disease, or pAVD for short, is a potential secondary disease of arteriosclerosis (atherosclerosis). Only in very rare cases is it due to other causes. Characteristic of pAVK is impaired blood flow to the legs, sometimes blood flow to the arms is also impaired. 1 The reason for this is the formation of deposits (plaques) in the arteries of the legs, also known as vascular calcification. There is therefore a disturbance of the oxygen-supplying blood flow. Is therefore to be distinguished from a venous insufficiency. 2
Affected persons do not even notice the chronic disease at first, as it is symptom-free in the first stage. 3 If left untreated, pAVD progresses and, in advanced stages, can lead to tie death, making early treatment extremely important. Find out about symptoms and treatment options and learn what is behind the term "patellar artery disease. 4
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What is pAVK?
pAVK occurs due to circulatory disturbances (occlusion or constriction) in the arteries. These are blood vessels that transport oxygen- and nutrient-rich blood around the body.
Blood clots blocking blood flow in the vessels can lead to a life-threatening situation – Doctors speak of an arterial occlusion. Blood flow is impaired, making it harder for some ties and organs to receive oxygen and nutrients. If the affected body tie can still tolerate this condition, only mild discomfort can be felt. 5 However, when the deposits (called plaques) increase, symptoms become more severe. 6