The body’s vascular system comprises arteries, veins, and lymph vessels. Arteries and veins carry blood throughout the body. Lymph vessels transport infection-fighting lymph. Peripheral vascular disease occurs on the periphery of the heart, affecting the veins and arteries at its extremities. It can also affect the blood vessels that supply blood and oxygen to your arms, intestines, and feet.
Organic PVD causes a change in the structure of your blood vessels. Atherosclerosis is one type, where a build-up of plaque narrows blood vessels. Functional PVD, such as Raynaud’s Disease, causes blood vessels to widen or constrict in response to the environment.