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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

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

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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What causes peripheral vascular disease?

What causes peripheral vascular disease?

PVD: read this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peripheral_vascular_disease

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What is peripheral vascular disease?

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. ...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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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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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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Is coronary artery bypass surgery compatible with varicose veins?

Is coronary artery bypass surgery compatible with varicose veins?

Yes and No: Coronary artery bypass requires some form of conduit for bypass. Superficial veins from the lower limbs have been used for bypass. Smaller arteries from the underside of the chest wall have been used in favor of veins for the left side of the heart. Early enlarged varicose veins can still be used for bypass; however more advanced wall bulges and wall aneurysms Prohibit use of the varicosed veins. ...Read more

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

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

They are the same: We prefer to use the term pad now but when people use the older term, pvd, they mean the same thing. ...Read more

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Peripheral vascular diseases always or only sometimes predicts carotid disease?

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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Can you naturally reverse atherosclerosis, poor circulation, peripheral artery disease?

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Can you naturally reverse atherosclerosis, poor circulation, peripheral artery disease?

You can slow it down: We start to develop atherosclerosis in our 30's and generally it progresses as we age. People who have a family history of heart disease or stroke are more susceptible. You can slow down the progression of this disease by watching your cholesterol, keeping your blood pressure in check, attaining your ideal body weight and quitting smoking. Regular exercise, stress management and good eating helps! ...Read more

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Venous insufficiency of lower limbs make veins worse?

Venous insufficiency of lower limbs make veins worse?

Valves malfunction.: Bad veins lead to venous stasis and insufficiency which is a result of the valves in the venous system malfunctioning . This can be due to the valves in the deep system, superficial system or connecting system. Deep system valve malfunction could be due to prior clots, superficial problems could lead to varicose veins and perforator malfunction could lead to venous ulcers.See a vein specialist. ...Read more

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Should all people with peripheral vascular disease wear anti-embolism stockings?

Should all people with peripheral vascular disease  wear anti-embolism stockings?

No: Peripheral arterial disease does not increase the risk for embolic events, therefore anti-embolism stockings AKA TED hoses are not indicated for all patients with peripheral arterial disease. Only those at risk for venous thrombosis should wear them, particularly those that will require to be immobile and can not have preventive anticoagulation for clots. ...Read more

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Is coronary vascular (artery) disease hereditable?

Is coronary vascular (artery) disease hereditable?

Absolutely: Genes play a large part in acquiring heart disease. Treatment of modifiable risk factors such as smoking, cholesterol , hypertension and diabetes is even more important in those with a family history. ...Read more

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Can anemia be associated with peripheral vascular disease pvd?

Can anemia be associated with peripheral vascular disease pvd?

Not usually: Peripheral vascular disease is most commonly caused by hardening of the arteries from cholesterol deposits and that shouldn't cause anemia. There are a few unusual causes of peripheral vascular problems from rheumatologic diseases which can be associated with anemia but even if you have both, more common causes of anemia need to be ruled out before assuming they are related. ...Read more

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As there are varicose veins, are their varicose arteries? Could HTN medications result in varicose veins being more visibly noticeable?

As there are varicose veins, are their varicose arteries? Could HTN medications result in varicose veins being more visibly noticeable?

Sort of: An aneurysm is sort of like a varicose artery, but we don't tend to refer to it in that terminology. Just like varicose veins that weaken & bulge, artery walls can also weaken and bulge, leading to an artery aneurysms. Aneurysms of arteries are dangerous because arteries are under much higher pressure than veins so when they rupture it can be life threatening. The HTN med should not increase vein ...Read more

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Dr. Ted King
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Varicose Veins (Definition)

A condition characterized by enlarged and elongated veins that are usually found in the legs but can affect different ...Read more


Dr. Joel Gotvald
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Peripheral Vascular Disease (Definition)

A circulatory condition in which narrowed blood vessels reduce blood ...Read more