Peripheral Vascular Disease
Arterial disease does not just affect the major vessels, but can affect smaller or more peripheral vessels too
Acute limb ischaemia is an important condition to identify; whilst the 6 Ps are a good starting point, it is important to learn about the causes, investigations required, and key management steps to avoid limb loss. Chronic limb ischaemia needs early intervention to reduce its progression, as is associated with a high morbidity.
A similar disease process can also occur in the mesenteric blood supply and mesenteric ischaemia should always be included in the differentials for anyone presenting with abdominal pain, especially in those with risk factors.