What is Peripheral Vascular Disease?

Dollarphotoclub_87297751Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD) is a very common in the United States and it is a condition that involves damage to or blockage in the blood vessels of the circulatory system outside of the brain and heart. PVD typically strikes the veins and arteries that supply the arms, legs, and organs located below your stomach. These are the blood vessels that are distant from the heart. They are known as peripheral vessels.

About half of people with peripheral vascular disease do not have symptoms. For those who do have symptoms, about half of them do not tell their health care providers. The first signs of PVD begin slowly and irregularly. You may feel discomfort in your legs and feet while you walk. You may first notice them when walking quicker, with more exertion, or for long distances. The pain will intensify with activity and subside when you rest. This is called intermittent claudication.” 


You may experience:

  • painful cramping
  • achiness
  • fatigue
  • burning

Patients usually do not tell their health care providers because they think it is part of the aging process or that they fear they will need surgery. Surgery is only one of several effective treatments available for peripheral vascular disease.

Treatment typically includes lifestyle modifications. You will need to:

  • stop smoking
  • commit to a regular exercise program that includes walking
  • eat a balanced diet with proper nutrition
  • stop smoking
  • lose weight
  • treat conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol

There are several simple tests that can be done to properly diagnosis PVD and then begin treatment. If you are experiencing any pain or concerns while walking then it is very important that you alert your doctor. Call Dr. Hollander, 707-578-1222, today if you have any questions or concerns and he can do an evaluation and help you stay active.

For further reading and information: http://www.healthline.com/health/peripheral-vascular-disease


Jessica, P.M.A.