Last Updated on Jan 27, 2017

Glossary

Artery: A large blood vessel that carries blood high in oxygen content away from the heart to other parts of the body. Arteries are thicker and have walls that are stronger and more elastic than the walls of veins.

Peripheral Vascular Disease: Pathological narrowing of arteries supplying oxygenated blood to the limbs. The signs of PVD are aching pains in the arms, legs, and feet (especially when walking) and foot sores that heal slowly.

Blood clotting: Number of different protein factors which, when acting together, can form a blood clot shortly after platelets have broken at the site of the wound.

Stroke: Sudden, severe attack that results in brain damage. Usually sudden paralysis or speech difficulty results from injury to the brain or spinal cord by a blood clot, hemorrhage or occlusion of blood supply to the brain from a narrowed or blocked artery.

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