Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) or peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a condition characterized by plaque build-up in the blood vessels of the periphery (that is, the tissues outside the brain and spinal cord), leading to reduced blood flow to these regions, hence increasing the risk for heart attacks, strokes, transient ischaemic attacks (mini-strokes), gangrene (as it can block off blood supply to one's limbs), etc.

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  1. Better Health Channel entry
  2. MedlinePlus entry
  3. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute entry