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Can you explain the difference between pad (peripheral artery disease) and pvd (peripheral vascular disease)?

Can you explain the difference between pad (peripheral artery disease) and pvd (peripheral vascular disease)?

Actually None: The diseases involved and the problems caused are essentially the same. But over time it has become standard to refer to these problems as pad. ...Read more

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Dr. Jay Park
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Artery (Definition)

Arteries are defined as blood vessels which carry blood away from the heart (to either the body or lungs). Arteries: higher pressure, thicker walls, stretch (pulse) with each heart contraction & deliver blood to the arterioles which control the flow to individual capillaries. Veins are blood vessels which carry blood from capillaries back to the heart (body to right heart; ...Read more


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Is there a difference between peripheral arterial disease and peripheral venous disease?

Is there a difference between peripheral arterial disease and peripheral venous disease?

Yes: They are completely different. Venous disease is somewhat genetic, but if people lived long enough almost everyone would probably get venous disease at some point in their life. In fact 15% of the adult population has venous disease. Arterial disease, in contrast, is not as common in the general population. It occurs in smokers, diabetics, and in people with high blood pressure and cholesterol. ...Read more

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Are there treatment options for peripheral arterial disease?

Are there treatment options for peripheral arterial disease?

Treat symptoms: The mere presence of narrowing or compromise of blood flow in arteries is not a reason for treatment unless there are symptoms. Ulcers, pain, gangrene are symptoms that in the presence of pad need to be treated. Just because there is narrowing of the arteries without symptoms, does not warrant any treatment. Prevention by not smoking, blood sugar and cholesterol control and excercise will help. ...Read more

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Is it possible for an ECG to detect pad -peripheral arterial disease?

Is it possible for an ECG to detect pad -peripheral arterial disease?

different area: An ECG ( electro cardio gram) is used to divide await the electrical impulses that affect the heart. Peripheral arterial disease is detected by feeling the pulses, and using an arterial doppler to measure blood flow and compare the arterial pressure in the arm arteries and leg arteries. However in someone with pad, there is a possibility of cardiac artery disease so you should be evaluated. ...Read more

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What is the difference between peripheral arterial disease and peripheral venous disease?

What is the difference between peripheral arterial disease and peripheral venous disease?

Artery vs vein: think of one (Periph artery disease) as problems with the vessels in charge of delivering blood, oxygen. and nutrients to the tissues and the other (peripheral venous disease) as problems with the vessels in charge of returning that blood to the heart. ...Read more

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Can atherectomy replace a vein bypass for lower leg artery disease treatment?

Can atherectomy replace a vein bypass for lower leg artery disease treatment?

Peripheral artery dz: You need to discuss your disease with your vascular surgeon. The choice of procedures depends on the anatomy of your problem and your physiology, none of which is present here. Atherectomy can sometimes be used in peripheral arterial disease. ...Read more

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Can claudication be a possible symptom of peripheral arterial disease?

A principal symptom: Claudication, or the tensing up of the calf muscles during walking, is the main symptom of peripheral arterial disease. It is caused by blockages in the arteries that give blood supply to the calf muscles. Claudication may be called "intermittent" because it goes away when one stops walking and may recur on resuming walking -unlike spinal stenosis which causes rest pain down the legs. ...Read more

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What is peripheral vascular occlusive disease with claudication? Is it serious?

What is peripheral vascular occlusive disease with claudication? Is it serious?

Seriously Painful: Peripheral vascular occlusive disease w/ claudication means there are partial blockages of arteries in the legs.When person walks, the leg muscles become short of oxygen due to low blood flow resulting in pain.The pain is relieved by stopping & resting. It restricts many activities.Stopping smoking, getting regular exercise, controlling diabetes, etc. & using anticlotting agents like aspirin help. ...Read more

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What is peripheral vascular occlusive disease with claudication? Is it serious?

What is peripheral vascular occlusive disease with claudication? Is it serious?

Clogged blood vessel: claudication by definition is pain on exertion and relief of pain at rest. Typically it is pain legs on walking and goes away by stopping. Claudication is considered one of the early symptoms of vascular disease it can become serious if it keeps getting worse. ...Read more

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Could an ECG detect pad -peripheral arterial disease?

Could an ECG detect pad -peripheral arterial disease?

ECG: Ecg records electrical activity from the heart. There are no ECG findings which would 'detect' peripheral arterial disease. There are ECG findings which suggest heart artery disease and artery disease is not usually localized to only one vascular bed so pad would be probable if CAD were present. ...Read more

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Please help! what is the treatment for severe peripheal vascular occlusive disease?

Peripheral Vascular : Peripheral vascular disease can be treated in many variety of ways depending on the severity, location, and symptoms involved. Medications may be indicated to improve the blood flow. Balloon angioplasty and stenting are very common procedures for the disease. Sometime a bypass surgery of the arteries is needed, especially in the most severe cases. Artery atherectomy is another possible option. ...Read more

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What are some treatments for peripheral arterial disease?

What are some treatments for peripheral arterial disease?

Lots of Choices: Usually, initial treatments are conservative, exercise, cessation of smoking, medicines to make the blood flow better and to reduce cholesterol. More aggressive is to open blockages with balloons or stents. Finally, surgery to bypass around the blockages or directly clean out the blocked artery is sometimes needed. ...Read more

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What is the difference between vasculitis disease and peripheral artery disease pad?

What is the difference between vasculitis disease and peripheral artery disease pad?

Both : Are diseases of the arteries. Vasculitis refers to inflammatory diseases of the arteries also called arteritis. Pad typically refers to atherosclerosis or "hardening of the arteries.". ...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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Do peripheral arterial disease and heart disease share preventive measures?

Yes.: Cardiovascular disease is a systemic process. By taking measures to reduce the risk of heart disease, you are also reducing the same risks that cause peripheral arterial disease (pad). These measures include control of high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol; regular physical activity; and not smoking. A cardiocentric approach is required to reduce the impact on clinical outcomes. ...Read more

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Peripheral vascular diseases always or only sometimes predicts carotid disease?

Sometimes: Athersclerosis is a systemic disease. This means it can affect any and all arteries. Having evidence of atherosclerosis in any arterial bed increase the risk of having it in others. However, it is not uncommon to find atherosclerosis affecting only certain arteries (legs) and not others (carotids). Why this occurs is not fully understood. If you have pad, you have 2x the risk of stroke or mi. ...Read more

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How successful is a vein bypass for lower leg arterial disease?

How successful is a vein bypass for lower leg arterial disease?

Depends on details: Vein bypasses with greater saphenous vein of high quality have generally good success. But this depends on details. You must combine a high quality operation with good wound care, especially in patients with diabetic wounds. Without good wound care and optimal medical management, some patients can still lose their leg even with an "open" bypass. ...Read more

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What are the differences between peripheral arterial disease and peripheral venous disease?

Different vessels: Arteries carry oxygenated "nutritious" blood to veins carry the "used up" blood that has the cellular wastes back from the tissues to be cleansed. Artery disease means that the tissues starve from lack of food. Vein disease means they cannot get rid of their wastes. Vein disease occurs from ankles to knees with ulcers, brown staining and swelling. Artery disease occurs at toes, bluish color/cold. ...Read more

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Peripheral Arterial Disease (Definition)

PEripheral arterial disease refers generally to the arterial supply to the extremities and can involve vessels of any size. Diseases like diabetes tend to affect the small arterial vessels while atherosclerosis from high cholesterol, hypertension, or smoking to name a few can affect vessels if any size. The concern is inadequate blood and oxygen to ...Read more