Peripheral Vascular Disease or PVD
PVD is commonly referred to as a collection of circulatory system diseases and any disorder that affect blood vessels.
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Symptoms of PVD
- Aching of the legs
- Throbbing of the leg or muscles
- Leg or ankle swelling
- Leg fatigue or tiredness
- Tightness of the legs
- Heaviness of the legs
- Spider Veins
- Varicose Veins
- Skin ulcers (open sores)
- Leg, foot or muscle cramps at night (charley horse)
- Restless legs (uncomfortable feeling in your legs or urge to move your legs)
- Brown colored skin, often near the ankles or lower part of the legs
- Leg ulcer (open sores or poorly healing wound)
- Pain with waking that stops when you rest
COMMON PVD CONDITIONS
Peripheral Artery Disease or PAD
PAD is a condition where plaque guild-up causes the narrowing of the blood vessels which reduces blood flow to the limbs, and it is also known as atherosclerosis.
Deep Vein Thrombosis or DVT
DVT is a very serious but preventable condition which occurs when a blood clot forms deep inside the veins.
Deep Venous Insufficiency DVI
DVI is a condition where veins have difficulty returning blood to the heart.
Superficial (Surface) Veins
SVI is a condition where veins become too weak, large and twisted because of valve damage and fluid buildup.
Lymphedema is a condition that affects the lymphatic vessels which can result in selling as fluid pools in the legs and feet.
Critical Limb Ischemia or CLI
CLI is a result of advanced staged PAD which means there is significant blockage in the arteries reducing blood flow to the legs and feed resulting in wounds that can lead to amputation.
Deep Venous Obstruction or DVO
DVO is a condition where the veins become compressed or blocked which restricts blood flow to the legs and feet.
A non-invasive index test that measures and compares the blood pressure at the ankle to the blood pressure in the arm.
Another non-invasive test which uses sound waves to create a color map of the blood vessels and examines the blood flow in the legs.
Transcutaneous Pulse Oximetry
TCOM is a local, non-invasive measurement reflecting the amount of oxygen that has diffused from the capillaries through the first layer of the skin.
CTA is a calculated tomography technique used to visualize arterial and venous vessels throughout the body.
Magnetic Resonance Angiography
An MRA is a type of imaging tool that uses magnetic wave and radio energy to locate and measure the severity of a blocked blood vessel.
IVUS is a special imaging process that uses a small catheter to image the interior of the blood vessels and to measure plaque build-up from within the arteries.