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Doctor insights on: Peripheral Vascular Disease Causes

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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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Could peripheral vascular disease cause heart attack?

Could peripheral vascular disease cause heart attack?

NO: Coronary artery disease can cause a heart attack, not peripheral vascular disease. "Peripheral" refers to the extremities (arms & legs), so PVD is blood vessel disease that affects the arms or legs (not the heart). Peripheral artery disease does increase the chances that the same individual may have coronary artery disease of the heart, so it is reasonable to screen PAD partients for heart dis. ...Read more

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Does peripheral vascular disease cause heart attack? Please, need some answers?

Does peripheral vascular disease cause heart attack? Please, need some answers?

Same disease: Both PVD and coronary artery disease are manifestations of the same disease process, which is atherosclerosis (hardening of arteries). Both are aggravated by smoking and high blood pressure. Both can be improved by exercise, improved diet, weight loss, lipid/cholesterol control and smoking cessation. PVD patients undergoing surgery are at increased risk for heart attack. ...Read more

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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

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Can a broken ankle cause peripheral vascular disease?

Can a broken ankle cause peripheral vascular disease?

Not really: Not really. Pvd is most commonly caused by atherosclerosis. The injury which caused the fracture could also have caused injury to the arteries. We see this in patients who have been in car accidents or dislocate their knee. ...Read more

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If there's peripheral cyanosis due to peripheral vascular disease and central cyanosis due to heart disease simultaneously how to know each cause?

Combination : Various testing and history and exams. Blue babies are generally central. Some older persons have blocked vessels, bad lungs, and other signs and symptoms. A rare person will have both and several causes: congestive heart failure, smoker- COPD, atherosclerosis and DVT etc. One needs to evaluate multi system. ...Read more

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What is peripheral vascular disease?

What is peripheral vascular disease?

Atherosclerosis: Atherosclerosis legs feet causing reduced blood flow risk factors include cholesterol, tobacco use, diabetes mellitus. Symptoms are usually claudication ( cramping) with activity frequently relieved with rest if left untreated can progress to limb loss. Poor healing and poor response to infection. ...Read more

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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. ...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