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Peripheral Vascular Disease

Peripheral Vascular Disease

Peripheral Vascular Disease services offered in Zephyrhills, Lakeland, Plant City and Riverview, FL

Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) is a circulation disorder that affects blood flow to any body part outside of the heart and brain. Florida Heart, Vein and Vascular Institute is a state-of-the-art cardiology practice with offices in Zephyrhills, Lakeland, Plant City, Wesley Chapel and Riverview, Florida, that has cardiologists who specialize in diagnosing and treating peripheral vascular disease. Call the office nearest you or book an appointment online today to learn more about PVD and your treatment options.

Peripheral Vascular Disease Q&A

What is peripheral vascular disease?

Peripheral vascular disease is a medical term that describes a decrease in blood flow to various areas of the body. It may involve any artery or vein, excluding those that go to the heart and brain. The decline in blood flow means the organs or tissues aren’t getting enough oxygen and nutrients, affecting health and function. 

The change in circulation may occur from an injury or infection. However, plaque buildup in the peripheral arteries is the most common cause, a condition called peripheral artery disease (PAD).

Peripheral vascular disease may affect any blood vessel in the body but most often affects those in the legs.  

Are leg cramps a symptom of peripheral vascular disease?

Leg cramps are a common symptom of peripheral vascular disease. The cramps usually occur during exercise and resolve when you stop. Other signs and symptoms of PVD include:

  • Change in leg skin color or texture
  • Poor healing leg wounds
  • Muscle weakness
  • Numbness or tingling sensations

Erectile dysfunction (ED) in men is also a symptom of PVD. 

Not everyone with PVD has symptoms. If you have coronary artery disease (CAD) or a family history of PVD, you should schedule an evaluation at Florida Heart, Vein and Vascular Institute.

What happens during a peripheral vascular disease evaluation?

Your provider at Florida Heart, Vein and Vascular Institute conducts a thorough history and physical exam when you come in with concerns about peripheral vascular disease. They also perform diagnostic tests to confirm or rule out the circulation disorder. 

Testing may include:

Ankle-brachial index (ABI)

ABI compares blood pressure readings in the arms and legs. A lower blood pressure in the legs is a sign of PVD.

Vascular ultrasound

A vascular ultrasound is an imaging test that evaluates the movement of blood through your arteries and veins. 

What are the treatments for peripheral vascular disease?

Treatment for peripheral vascular disease focuses on reducing symptoms and stopping the disorder's progression. Your specialist at Florida Heart, Vein and Vascular Institute customizes your plan, which may include lifestyle changes and medications to improve circulation.

Florida Heart, Vein and Vascular Institute also performs peripheral vascular interventions to treat diseased blood vessels. They use catheter-based techniques (interventional cardiology) to perform these procedures, minimizing pain and recovery time. 

Interventions may include angioplasty to open up a clogged artery or a thrombectomy to remove a blood clot.

Don’t dismiss your leg pain. Call Florida Heart, Vein and Vascular Institute or schedule an appointment online today.