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.