Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD) is the narrowing of blood vessels going to and from the leg and arm muscles, depriving the tissue of oxygen and nutrients. Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a common form of PVD affecting the arteries carrying oxygenated blood from the heart. Complications of both PVD and PAD include poor wound healing, restricted mobility, limb pain, stroke, heart attack and loss of limb.
Left untreated, peripheral vascular disease can lead to loss of limb and other complications, including death. Appropriate treatment of peripheral artery or vascular disease is necessary to control the symptoms, such as pain or swelling, and to halt the disease’s progression.
Our physicians provide surgical and nonsurgical care for diseases of the veins, lymphatic vessels and arteries. At Anderson, you can take advantage of a full range of services (including minimally invasive techniques, when appropriate) if you suffer from:
If you notice long-term changes in your skin temperature or color on your extremities, non-healing wounds, numbness or burning in your legs or toes, restricted mobility or severe pain, make an appointment with your doctor for a thorough examination. Diagnosis of peripheral vascular disease may involve:
Your Anderson vascular team will assess your current condition and determine the best course of treatment, which may include:
With both angioplasty and vascular surgery, the surgeon may perform an angiogram prior to the procedure to determine the exact location of the blockage.
The Anderson Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation program offers peripheral artery disease rehabilitation.