Peripheral vascular disease

What is peripheral vascular disease in bipolar disorder?

People with bipolar disorder show increased rates of co-occurring conditions. Peripheral vascular disease involves reduced circulation of blood to a body part other than the brain or heart, usually the legs or kidneys, and less commonly the arms. The main cause of peripheral vascular disease is a build-up of fatty deposits that narrow blood vessels and reduce circulation of blood to the associated body part.

What is the evidence for peripheral vascular disease?

Moderate quality evidence finds a medium-sized increase in peripheral vascular disease in people with bipolar disorder compared to people without the disorder.

October 2021

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Last updated at: 11:28 pm, 25th October 2021
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