Is the prognosis of peripheral vascular disease (PVD) different for men and women?

Updated: Dec 31, 2017
  • Author: Everett Stephens, MD; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
  • Print

Female sex appears to have an effect on outcomes after lower-extremity interventions for peripheral arterial disease (PAD). In a retrospective study (2004-2009) evaluating data from 12,379 patients (41% women) in 16 centers participating in the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Cardiovascular Consortium PVI registry who underwent these procedures, female sex was associated with a higher rate of vascular complications, transfusions, and embolism, but no differences wer eseen for inpatient mortality, myocardial infarction (MI), or stroke or transient ischemic attack. [3] Despite the higher complication rates in women, the investigators reported similar overall procedural success rates between the sexes.

Did this answer your question?
Additional feedback? (Optional)
Thank you for your feedback!