Put Your Heart in the Right Place
Get help for your heart or peripheral vascular condition, and find out how you can manage your heart health. Talk with the cardiac specialists at Cottage Health. Call our heart and vascular care center at 1-844-51-HEART.
What Is Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD)?
Peripheral vascular disease refers to conditions that affect blood vessels outside your heart and brain. One of the most common types of PVD is peripheral artery disease (PAD), a circulation disorder resulting from a buildup of plaque in the arteries that supply blood to your arms or legs.
Common symptoms of PVD include:
- Leg cramps, pain or discomfort that occurs while walking but goes away when you stop moving (intermittent claudication)
- Fatigue or feelings of heaviness in the arms or legs during activity
- Pain while at rest, pale limbs or non-healing ulcers (in severe cases)
- Sudden high blood pressure, or blood pressure that’s hard to control with medication
Treatment Options for PVD & PAD
Your doctor will help you determine the best course of treatment for your PVD. You may be able to manage your condition through diet, exercise and/or medications for cholesterol and blood pressure. For severe PVD, surgery or a minimally invasive, interventional procedure may be your best treatment option.
Your doctor will use a test called an angiogram to evaluate your blockage and determine the best way to manage or restore your circulation.
Minimally Invasive Peripheral Revascularization
If you qualify for a minimally invasive, catheter-based treatment to improve your circulation, you’ll benefit from less pain and scarring and a quicker recovery time. Take advantage of:
- Angioplasty (percutaneous transluminal angioplasty) – Opens narrowed arteries by compressing plaque with a tiny balloon on the end of a thin, flexible tube called a catheter
- Artherectomy – Removes plaque from blood vessels using a tiny tool on the end of a thin, flexible tube called a catheter
- Stenting – Places a tiny mesh tube inside a newly widened or cleared artery to keep the vessel open
Meet Our Heart & Vascular Doctors
The Heart and Vascular Center at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital is a nationally recognized regional destination for cardiovascular expertise and medical management of complex heart and vascular conditions.
The Meet the Doctors seminars give you an opportunity to learn about conditions of the heart and the latest treatment options. The healthy conversations include a 45-minute presentation by a physician, followed by ample time for questions.
The session is free. Please register in advance by calling us at 1-844-51-HEART.