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Doctor insights on: Peripheral Vascular Disease Vs 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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What are common symptoms of peripheral vascular disease?

What are common symptoms of 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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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. ...Read more

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Can there be any effectilve medicine to treat peripheral vascular disease?

Medical treatment: If you mean treating the systemic effects of peripheral arterial disease (pad), such as atherosclerosis and particularly with coronary artery disease, there are a number of medications available. If you mean specifically for the symptoms of pad in the legs, most commonly intermittent claudication (ic), Cilostazol has been proven to be quite effective in reducing the severity of ic. Talk with pcp. ...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?

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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Does peripheral vascular disease or mixed connective disease cause skin discolaration on any area of the body? Why?

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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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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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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Which antiplatelet agents help peripheral vascular disease?

Which antiplatelet agents help peripheral vascular disease?

Aspirin / Plavix (clopidogrel): Aspirin and Plavix (clopidogrel) are the most commonly used anti-platelet agents. ...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