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Collagen Vascular Disease Workup
Collagen Vascular: These are diseases that attack the connective tissues of blood vessels. They are typically autoimmune disorders characterized by overactivity of the immune system resulting in auto-antibodies that attack the collagen connective tissue of blood vessels & other tissues, resulting in inlammation & weakness of the connecitve tissues. Examples are lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, & sjogren's. ...Read more
The vascular system is made up with 3 components, arteries, veins, and lymph channels. The most common description of vascular disease is usually associated with arterial insufficiency, also known as PAD. This usually is more of an issue as people age, who also have associated medical conditions to include diabetes, hypertension, heart ...Read more
Sick Support: You can think of collagen as sort of the glue and supporting tissue that holds our bodies together. There is collagen holding our eye lens in place and collagen in our ligaments of our joints and other places. Collagen vascular disease is typically an autoimmune disease which affects all sorts of tissues. Rheumatologists are the specialists who typically see this illness. ...Read more
Depends: Depends on location of affected organ like lungs, kidneys, intestines. Etc ...Read more
Auto-immune: Auto immune disorder related to salivary glands. Can develop dry mouth, etc. ...Read more
What do vertical lines on your nails say about your health??? (I have collagen vascular disease by the way.)
Lines that go from side to side (horizontal) nail are Beau's lines (guess which doctor named them) and certainly can be a reflection of a variety of conditions including collagen vascular disorders (I suspect you were talking about Raynaud's).
Vertical lines however are commonly seen normal healthy people. ...Read more
Why can't you use Bazuka if you have a circulation problem. What effect does it have? I have collagen vascular disease btw and I have verrucas too
Not sure: I cannot find this medicine in my references and not sure how to advise. Can you give more info? ...Read more
Can you get cured from Collagen Vascular Disease? I'm taking nifedipine. Will I have to take them for the rest of my life. I'm 16!
Why can't you use Bazuka gel to treat verrucas if you have a circulation problem. What effect does it have? I have collagen vascular disease btw.
Strong Acid: Bazuka gel is a strong salicyclic acid formulary that will cause damage to the layers of the skin of the wart & to the layers surrounding the wart. With collagen vascular disease it will take a long time to heal those layers back and the chance of infection would be high. Natural castor oil is effective in sloughing off wart tissue when placed directly on the wart and sealed with a bandage daily! ...Read more
Is collagen vascular disease curable or do I have to live with it for the rest of my life. I'm 16!!! I take nifedipine btw?
No cure, but: There's no cure for collagen vascular disease but the course is highly variable and it burns out in some. For the rest, there are increasingly effective treatments so stay the course and remain optimistic. (there are many diseases today that are curable that were incurable in the past). ...Read more
I take nifedipine 5mg for collagen vascular disease. Colour of toes is fine when I take them but my toes go INSANELY COLD!! Why?? What's happening???
Different areas: Collagen vascular diseases or multi-system diseases are just that. They are a group of diseases characterized by autoimmune aberrations. Varied organ systems can be involved - skin, joints or any internal organs - heart, kidneys, blood or nervous system. The way a disease presents itself depends on which areas are involved. See you doctor or rheumatologist. ...Read more
Can be autoimmune: Collagen vascular disease encompasses a series of autoimmune illnesses such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, polymyositis and scleroderma to name a few. Each of these can have variations on their diagnostic categories. These were first named becuase there were similar changes in the soft tissues and blood vessels when biopsies were done in people with a collagen vascular diseases. ...Read more
DIFFICULT ANSWER: Collagen vasular diseases include a broad spectrum of illnesses. As a rheumatologist, we do our best to isolate what collagen vasular disease a patient has. The term, collagen vascular disease does not descibe one disease but rather the whole practice of rheumatology. I figure your doctor may have found an abnormal boold test which may or may not be significant. I need more information to help you. ...Read more
Two types: Arteries (vessels that flow away from heart to body) and veins (vessels that flow from body to heart) have different symptoms. In artery disease - lack of blood flow to muscles produces loss of ability to use muscles and if acute may produce pain, pallor and loss of pulse. Venous disease presents as varicose veins and progressive swelling of affected area - usually legs. Heart vessels-chest pain. ...Read more
Peripheral: Peripheral.Get a more detailed answer ›
Extremity disease: Peripheral artery disease refers to blood vessel disease which occurs outside the central core of the body, usually in the legs or arms, though erectile dysfunction is in fact also a form of peripheral artery disease. The symptoms of peripheral vascular disease vary based on the location and vessel affected. ...Read more
Blockage in arteries:
When the arteries in your legs become blocked, your legs do not receive enough blood or oxygen, -that's pvd!
pad can cause discomfort or pain when you walk. The pain can occur in your hips, buttocks, thighs, knees, or feet. Leg artery disease is considered a type of PVD because it affects the arteries, blood vessels that carry blood away from your heart to you. 1/3 people age 70 or older have pvd. ...Read more
Not really: As vascular disease progresses the muscles first then nerves of the leg create symptoms. Initially vascular insufficiency causes leg fatigue and cramps in the calves and thigh muscles. Nerve pain from insufficiency is worse at night and can be so intense it drives patients to seek help. Stiffness may be from something else. Ok to check with your doc. Simple vascular ultrasound will make diagnosis. ...Read more
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
Damages vessels: Smoking directly damages the blood vessel walls, causing blockages. ...Read more
Not normally: Cardiac echos focus primarily on the heart structure (valves and walls) and function (contractility, ejection fraction). They do not look at the peripheral arteries. However, the same ultrasound technology is used to look at the peripheral arteries. The studies of the peripheral arteries are called lower extremity arterial duplex scans or carotid duplex scans, for example. ...Read more
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
PVD/PAD/atherosclero: Pvd/pad/atherosclerosis are one in the same. Plaque causes stenosis of arteries. Plaque can be soft or heavily calcified. Board certified surgeons should be able to offer you the best treatment options depending on location, quality of symptoms and co-morbidities. Vascular surgeon can offer all therapies including endovascular, open and medical modalities. ...Read more
Blocked arteries: Peripheral vascular disease is a term that is sometimes used imprecisely, but in general it refers to blocked arteries in the legs. This limits blood flow to the legs and can cause pain (especially with walking), cool extremities, hair loss, discoloration, poor wound healing, ulceration, or even loss of limb. ...Read more
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
Does anyone have any info about life line screening to identify anuerisms and cardio vascular disease?
Ultrasound testing: Ultrasound testing is done by lifeline to look at the carotids, and a separate test for the abdomen. Cardiovascular testing is done using an electrocardiogram and looking for vascular plaques in the carotid and vertebral arteries. The latter abnormalities can be associated with coronary artery disease. Peripheral artery disease is evaluated by ankle brachia indices, also associated with cad. ...Read more
Is Valvular Mitral Repair included in the new updated CHADS2 Score. Also is Vascular Disease the same thing?
No. And No.: CHADS2 (& related CHA2DS2-VASc2) scores don't take into account mitral valve repair in calculating the stroke risk. The effects are unquantified (how much does stroke risk reduce if the chamber / atrium size remains the same?). Vascular disease refers to plaque build-up & hardening of the arteries, isn't the same as a leaky or tight heart valve. Talk to your cardiologist to get YOUR risk appraisal ...Read more
Does peripheral vascular disease or mixed connective disease cause skin discolaration on any area of the body? Why?
Maybe: Two very different problems. Arterial insufficiency (pad) can cause the skin to be pale, loss of hair below the mid-shin, and cool feet. Blue or black discoloration indicates threatened tissue and can result in amputation if left untreated. Any dark discoloration or non-healing wound (s) should be evaluated by a vascular specialist as soon as possible. ...Read more
Do I need to worry about peripheral vascular disease at 16 years old if I'm at a healthy weight and have a healthy lifestyle?
Definitely not!: Assuming you do not have a family history of inherited cholesterol defects, then no. Worry is a waste of your time. A one time cholesterol screening can rule out the above mentioned problem, just to be prudent. Best of luck! ...Read more
On the Updated version (CHA2DS2-VASc) of previous Chads Vasc 2. Is Vascular Disease the same as Mital Valve Valvular Disease, is it included in score?
NO. Vascular: Disease refers to atherosclerotic disease. This is not the same as valvular heart disease. Mitral valvular disease is NOT part of the CHA2DS2-VASc scoring system. Neither is COPD which you appear to have. If you are identified as having Afib (awaiting your monitor) your score is zero but current recommendations and ease of usage would argue for preventative anticoagulation. Discuss with your MD. ...Read more
I know I have P.A.D. but was also told that I have vascular disease as well, what does this mean and could that be why my feet turn red even laying.?
Red by resting.: Peripheral vascular disease or PAD is a form of vascular disease. When the arms or legs are involved, it is termed peripheral. The nature of the condition is that tissues are being deprived of oxygen rich blood because of the narrowing of the blood vessels to the tissues. Elevating the legs causes an over supply of blood to the starved tissue resulting in the now oxygen rich tissue to turn red. ...Read more
Collagen is a component of extracellular tissue, which is found throughout the body. Collagen is a proten important for tissue strength and tissue healing. There are several differnt subtypes of collagen, depending on where it is found. Collagen has a high content of hydroxyproline, which is ...Read more
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