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Should all people with peripheral vascular disease wear anti-embolism stockings?

Should all people with peripheral vascular disease  wear anti-embolism stockings?

No: Peripheral arterial disease does not increase the risk for embolic events, therefore anti-embolism stockings AKA TED hoses are not indicated for all patients with peripheral arterial disease. Only those at risk for venous thrombosis should wear them, particularly those that will require to be immobile and can not have preventive anticoagulation for clots. ...Read more

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
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Air Embolism (Definition)

Blood vessels are made to carry blood - liquid. A small amount of air in a vessel is not usually a big deal as it will be absorbed into the blood. Larger volumes of air (10 mL or larger) can be significant to block blood flow in that vessel. That is bad in the brain (stroke) and really bad in the heart because ...Read more


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Why should people with peripheral vascular disease avoid wearing anti-embolism stockings?

Why should people with peripheral vascular disease avoid wearing anti-embolism stockings?

Mostly myth: Unless a person has extremely severe peripheral arterial disease, there is no concern about having them wear anti-embolism stockings. They have so little pressure that they will not effect blood flow in anyone other than those with extraordinarily bad blood flow to their lower legs. ...Read more

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What are common symptoms of peripheral vascular disease?

What are common symptoms of peripheral vascular disease?

Peripheral vascular: Peripheral artery disease, or "pad" is a blood vessel condition that is usually the result of progressive plaque build-up within the walls of arteries than leads to blockage of blood flow. It can cause leg pain when walking, usually in the calves, pain at rest in the foot or leg, leg numbness or tinlging, coldness or discoloration of the skin, foot or leg ulcers, gangrene, poor healing of wounds. ...Read more

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Is there any effective medicine that treats peripheral vascular disease ?

Is there any effective medicine that treats peripheral vascular disease ?

Yes: There are several medications that are useful for pad. These include the statin medications (for cholesterol), which stabilize plaques, aspirin/plavix- platelet medications, and cilostazol- which improves the distance you are able to walk. None of these medications will eliminate vascular disease once it has developed, but they will all work in different ways to help control or improve symptoms. ...Read more

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Can there be any effectilve medicine to treat peripheral vascular disease ?

Medical treatment: If you mean treating the systemic effects of peripheral arterial disease (pad), such as atherosclerosis and particularly with coronary artery disease, there are a number of medications available. If you mean specifically for the symptoms of pad in the legs, most commonly intermittent claudication (ic), Cilostazol has been proven to be quite effective in reducing the severity of ic. Talk with pcp. ...Read more

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How do you avoid getting peripheral vascular disease?

How do you avoid getting peripheral vascular disease?

Don't Smoke: The development of peripheral vascular disease is multifactorial but smoking is by far the greatest risk factor. Other behavioral modifications would be to maintain a low cholesterol diet and to treat any diabetes. Following these three recommendations will help minimize risk. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, can you tell me what is peripheral vascular disease?

Peripheral Vascular: Peripheral artery disease, or "pad" is a blood vessel condition that is usually the result of progressive plaque build-up within the walls of arteries than leads to blockage of blood flow. It can cause leg pain when walking, usually in the calves, pain at rest in the foot or leg, leg numbness or tinlging, coldness or discoloration of the skin, foot or leg ulcers, gangrene, poor healing of wounds ...Read more

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Is there any effectilve medicine to treat peripheral vascular disease: any hope ?

Is there any effectilve medicine to treat peripheral vascular disease:  any hope ?

Yes: Although there are simple lifestyle modification that can help, i.e. not smoking, exercising regularly, eating low fat / low cholesterol diet, & maintaining normal weight, there are also medications that can benefit. Some include statin drugs (such as Lipitor, (atorvastatin) Zocor), claudication medication (such as Cilostazol), antiplatelet meds (ASA, Plavix). Control diabetes & hypertension. See vascular expert ...Read more

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Is hypoxemia associated with peripheral vascular disease?

No: Hypoxemia is low oxygen in blood. Pvd is a mechanical problem and doesn't effect the actual level of oxygen. Lung function effect the blood oxygen level. ...Read more

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Are femoral bruits associated with peripheral vascular disease?

Are femoral bruits associated with peripheral vascular disease?

Often they are: A bruit is a noise that is heard with a stethoscope reflecting turbulent flow. IT can be a normal finding and is non specific. It is often associated with narrowing of arteries, however that is unlikely in a 33 year old. THe pest way to tell if you have "PVD" is to have a physician measure the pressure in your feet and calculate an "ABI" (foot pressure/arm pressure) value of 0.9 or more is normal ...Read more

Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Embolus (Definition)

Usually a blood clot that migrates from one area of the body to another. Most commonly a clot from a leg vein to the lung . It can also pertain to a clot, or atheromatous material that moves from one segment to another, such as cholesterol material in a carotid lesion moving into the ...Read more


Dr. Joel Gotvald
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Vascular Disease (Definition)

Vascular disease is a condition in a person has damage to his large blood vessels, small blood vessels, or both. The damage causes partial or complete blockage of vessels, and leads to organ damage. Causes include high blood pressure, ...Read more