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Dr. Joel Gotvald
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Peripheral Vascular Disease (Overview)

A narrowing of the peripheral arteries to the legs, stomach, arms, and head--most commonly in the arteries of the legs. PAD is similar to coronary artery disease (CAD).


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Can you die from peripheral vascular disease?

Can you die from peripheral vascular disease?

Yes you can: Peripheral vascular disease and cardiovascular disease are the number one killer. They kill by cardiovascular events; such as stroke, heart attack, sudden death, limb loss, organ failure, hemorrhage or bleeding out. Often no warning to the patient or doc, before a vascular event. Patients and doctors have to work as a team to diagnose and treat before event occurs.

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Dr. Joel Gotvald
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Peripheral Vascular Disease (Overview)

A narrowing of the peripheral arteries to the legs, stomach, arms, and head--most commonly in the arteries of the legs. PAD is similar to coronary artery disease (CAD).


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What are symptoms of peripheral vascular disease?

What are symptoms of peripheral vascular disease?

Follow below: Difficulty walking requiring to stop after a certain distance is usually the first symptom this occurs because the blood flow is inadequate to supply the muscle when active other issues wounds that are difficult to heal.

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What happens with peripheral vascular disease over 2-3 years after diagnosis?

What happens with peripheral vascular disease over 2-3 years after diagnosis?

Depends: This depends on lifestyle modification - smoking cessation, compliance with medication, and exercise.

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What are the tests for peripheral vascular disease?

What are the tests for peripheral vascular disease?

Begin with: Ankle brachial indices or segmental pressures to see if there is a problem. If these are positive cta of aorta and leg vessels should be performed. Conventional angiography used less often for diagnosis nowadays. See radiologyinfo. Org.

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What are some exercises that I can do to treat peripheral vascular disease?

What are some exercises that I can do to treat peripheral vascular disease?

Walk: Supervised exercise programs have been shown to increase the distance people with peripheral vascular disease can walk. This doesn't necessarily heal the diseased arteries, but your body develops what we call a "collateral circulation" to help improve blood flow.

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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.

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What is peripheral vascular disease? Can it be treated?

What is peripheral vascular disease? Can it be treated?

Yes it can.: Your arteries are normally smooth and unobstructed. Over time they can become blocked (atherosclerosis - hardening of the arteries). Plaque can build up in the walls of your arteries. Plaque is made up of cholesterol, calcium, and fibrous tissue. As more plaque builds up, your arteries narrow and stiffen. Eventually, enough plaque builds up to reduce blood flow and oxygen delivery. This is pvd.

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What type of doctor specializes in treating peripheral vascular diseases?

What type of doctor specializes in treating peripheral vascular diseases?

Vascular Surgeon: Vascular surgery is a medical discipline that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and problems of the arterial, venous and lymphatic systems, exclusive of the heart. Interventional treatment can be both surgical and non-surgical (i.e. Catheter based and minimally invasive) and as such, make vascular surgeons uniquely qualified to provide unbiased recommendations for patients.

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Is peripheral vascular disease considered reversible?

Is peripheral vascular disease considered reversible?

Not really: Peripheral vascular disease is not necessarily reversible, but its risk can be successfully managed. The pillars of treatment are, 1) smoking cessation, 2) anti- platelet therapy (aspirin/ plavix), and 3) statin therapy to lower cholesterol. There have been anecdotal reports of plaque reversal but this does not happen for everybody.

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My age is 19. I'm having severe bilateral peripheral vascular disease and my left big toe is amputated. Can it be cured fully without any problems?

My age is 19. I'm having severe bilateral peripheral vascular disease and my left big toe is amputated. Can it be cured fully without any problems?

More info needed...: Peripheral vascular disease is unusual in someone your age. Depending on the cause, it is very possible that your condition could be managed to help minimize or slow progression. Depending on the vessels involved, there may be treatment available to improve your circulation. A true "cure" is unlikely.

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I have severe peripheral vascular disease. My dr is trying his best to prevent having to amputate. Any new therapies?

Stem cell therapy: The latest developments in treatment of pad is the use of stem cells to stimulate the development of collateral vessels. This is experimental at this time. Currently there is a study that you may qualify for if there are no other surgical or endovascular options for you. Initial, small studies were promising for limb salvage.

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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.

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What is peripheral vascular disease?

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.

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What causes peripheral vascular disease?

PVD: Read this: http://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/Peripheral_vascular_disease

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Can you die from peripheral vascular disease?

Yes you can: Peripheral vascular disease and cardiovascular disease are the number one killer. They kill by cardiovascular events; such as stroke, heart attack, sudden death, limb loss, organ failure, hemorrhage or bleeding out. Often no warning to the patient or doc, before a vascular event. Patients and doctors have to work as a team to diagnose and treat before event occurs.

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What is defined as peripheral vascular disease?

What is defined as peripheral vascular disease?

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.

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Define for me what peripheral vascular disease is?

Plaque in legs: Peripheral vascular disease (pvd), also known as peripheral arterial occlusive disease (paod) or arteriosclerosis obliterans, refers to occlusion or stenosis of arteries, usually in the lower extremities.

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What are symptoms of peripheral vascular disease?

Follow below: Difficulty walking requiring to stop after a certain distance is usually the first symptom this occurs because the blood flow is inadequate to supply the muscle when active other issues wounds that are difficult to heal.

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