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Just diagnosed with peripheral vascular disease

Receiving a diagnosis of peripheral vascular disease should be taken as a serious warning sign that you need to make significant lifestyle changes to reduce your risk of disability and possibly death.

The build-up of atheroma (fatty deposits on the walls of the arteries) makes the arteries narrower and restricts the flow of blood to the legs, causing your muscles to experience painful cramps which only get better after you rest your legs. This process is called 'atherosclerosis'.

There are many factors that can dangerously speed up the narrowing of your arteries such as:

Different medications or surgery can be used to treat the underlying causes of peripheral vascular disease while reducing your risk of developing another cardiovascular disease.

Source: NHS Choices, UK (Peripheral arterial disease, Causes of peripheral arterial disease, Treating peripheral arterial disease)

Last reviewed: September 2015

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