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Doctor insights on: Peripheral Vascular Disease Vs Chronic Venous Insufficiency

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Dr. Joel Gotvald
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Vascular Disease (Definition)

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


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Is it possible to please tell me the what are chronic venous insufficiency and peripheral vascular disease?

Is it possible to please tell me the what are chronic venous insufficiency and peripheral vascular disease?

Magnitude of risk: Pad aka PVD or diseased arteries carries risk for major events, heart attack, stroke, limb loss, death. While venous insufficiency is common and benefits from treatment, it does not carry risk of life and limb. That is the biggest difference between the two. They are both involving blood conduits. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me the difference between chronic venous insufficiency and peripheral vascular disease?

Can you please tell me the difference between chronic venous insufficiency and peripheral vascular disease?

In vs. out flow: Chronic venous insufficiency results from valve dysfunction in the venous system. This causes the pressure in the veins just under the skin to become too high resulting in swelling of the veins. These veins enlarge and become varicose, leak water causing leg swelling, leak blood resulting in skin discoloration. Ulcers can occur. PVD is the result of blockages in the arteries supplying blood. ...Read more

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Could you please tell me the difference between having chronic venous insufficiency and peripheral vascular disease?

Could you please tell me the difference between having chronic venous insufficiency and peripheral vascular disease?

Arteries vs. veins: Pvd is due to hardening of arteries of legs with pain due to activity. Venous insufficiency is due to damage to the valves in the leg veins that allow blood to return to the heart causing the legs to swell and be painful. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use Benadryl (diphenhydramine) daily if you have peripheral vascular/artery disease or chronic venous insufficiency?

Is it safe to use Benadryl (diphenhydramine) daily if you have peripheral vascular/artery disease or chronic venous insufficiency?

It Is Safe: Benedryl is an antihistamine which block histamine release. It is safe to use with pad or chronic venous insufficiency. Always remember though that if you are multiple medications sometime there can be an interaction between them so check with your doctor or pharmacist. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...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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Are diabetics more prone to peripheral vascular disease? Why?

Are diabetics more prone to peripheral vascular disease? Why?

Yes, vascular risks: People with type 2 diabetes not only have high sugars, but also likely have the Insulin resistance syndrome, including high blood pressure, high triglycerides, low HDL chol, increased tendency to clot, increased inflammation. All of these factors promote atherogenic (plaque) disease in blood vessels, leading to higher risk of stroke, peripheral vascular disease, and coronary heart disease. ...Read more

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Is peripheral vascular disease the same thing as hypertension?

No: Hypertension is abnormally high blood pressure. This can contribute to a different problem- peripheral vascular disease (otherwise known as pad, "hardening of the arteries, " atherosclerosis, and other names). ...Read more

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Md wants to treat peripheral vascular disease. What if I don't?

Md wants to treat peripheral vascular disease. What if I don't?

Gets worse: Treat now or you will regret it later. Exercise, eat right, no smoking, BP control, diabetes control. Cholesterol control. See your doctor and develope a plan. ...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

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Why are diabetics more prone to getting peripheral vascular disease?

Why are diabetics more prone to getting peripheral vascular disease?

Bad for vessels. : Hyperglycemia has direct effect on the lining of blood vessels. This causes oxidative stress, vessel constriction, sticky platelets, abnormal clotting factors, lipid release and inflammation. Please control your glucose. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the pathophysiology of the peripheral vascular disease?

Can you tell me the pathophysiology of the peripheral vascular disease?

Atherosclerosis: The pathophysiology of peripheral vascular disease is atherosclerosis. This is a generalized disease process with risk factors including diabetes, old age, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol and smoking. Atherosclerosis builds up, causing narrowed areas in blood vessels. Some important vessels which get blocked include; carotids, heart vessels (coronary) and leg arteries. ...Read more

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What is the difference between atherosclerosis and peripheral vascular disease?

What is the difference between atherosclerosis and peripheral vascular disease?

Location, location: Atherosclerosis is the deposit of fat inside the lumen of an artery. If the blockages are severe enough and that happens in the heart, can lead to heart attack, if in the brain: strokes and if in the arteries going to or of the legs: PVD ...Read more

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Is peripheral vascular disease also known as hypertension or just happens together?

Is peripheral vascular disease also known as hypertension or just happens together?

Peripheral Vascular: In addition, hypertension is one of the risk factors associated with Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD). Poor management of these risk factors can put you at risk for PVD. Those risk factors are: 1. Smoking; 2. Diabetes; 3. Hypertension; 4. High Cholesterol; 5. Over the age of 50; 6. Family history of PVD. Being overweight can also contribute. Please see a Vascular Surgeon to be evaluated. ...Read more

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I have peripheral vascular disease can I quit my pack a day habit cold turkey or should I ween off?

?: Margaret514, if you are really 26 as your profile states, the likelihood that you have peripheral vascular disease is close to zero, even though you smoke. I certainly applaud your resolve to quit though. The sooner the better. Quitting cold turkey will not harm you, although it's never easy. Good luck, my friend! ...Read more

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How can peripheral vascular disease affect cardiac output?

How can peripheral vascular disease affect cardiac output?

Obstruction: The peripheral vessels are atherosclerotic-hardened and frequently partially blocked. The heart is pumping into a stiff set of pipes. Hypertension, high resistance have some effect. Many folks with PVD also have coronary disease. Up to 30-40%. ...Read more

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Dr. Joel Gotvald
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Peripheral Vascular Disease (Definition)

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 ...Read more


Dr. Ted King
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Venous Insufficiency (Definition)

A condition where the flow of blood through the veins is inadequate, causing blood to pool in the legs. It is most often caused by either blood ...Read more