Glossary

Atherosclerosis – a disease of the arteries that develops when plaque builds up inside the walls of the artery.

Claudication – pain caused by too little blood flow to muscles during exercise, like walking.

Deep Vein Thrombosis "DVT" (also called deep venous thrombosis) –  a medical condition that occurs when a blood clot forms in a deep vein. These clots usually develop in the lower leg, thigh, or pelvis, but they can also occur in the arm.

Endovascular surgery – procedures performed using minimally invasive catheter techniques on the arteries or veins.

Peripheral artery disease "PAD" (also called peripheral arterial disease) – a common condition in which narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to the legs and arms.

Rest pain (or critical limb ischemia) – a constant burning pain felt in the lower leg, feet or toes.

Vascular surgeon –  a specialist who diagnoses and treats problems with your blood vessels. You have 60,000 miles of blood vessels throughout your body. These include arteries, veins and lymphatic vessels. Vascular surgeons are experts on these blood vessels.


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