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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


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What to do if I have severe peripheral vascular disease?

What to do if I have severe peripheral vascular disease?

First consult: A vascular surgeon, who is a specialist in this disorder. He can offer arterial reconstruction or stenting, if your condition is severe. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: peripheral vascular disease?

What is the definition or description of: peripheral vascular disease?

Depends: Pvd is a catch-all term that may indicate venous or arterial dz. Usually docs use this term to indicate blockages(plaque buildup) in the arteries. However, some docs refer to swelling and discoloration as PVD as well. ...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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Does peripheral vascular disease normally show up on an echo?

Does peripheral vascular disease normally show up on an echo?

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

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

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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How are arteriosclerosis and peripheral vascular disease different?

How are arteriosclerosis and peripheral vascular disease different?

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

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

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

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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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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?

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

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Dr. Joel Gotvald
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Peripheral Vascular Disease (Definition)

Pvd is a catch-all term that may indicate venous or arterial dz. Usually docs use this term to indicate blockages(plaque buildup) in the arteries. However, some docs refer to swelling and discoloration ...Read more


Dr. Joel Gotvald
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Vascular Conditions (Definition)

Vascular conditions are abnormal conditions of the blood vessels. Smoking cigarettes is a major risk ...Read more