What causes peripheral vascular?
Peripheral vascular disease is the reduced circulation of blood to a body part other than the brain or heart. It is caused by a narrowed or blocked blood vessel. The main cause is atherosclerosis, which is the build-up of fatty deposits that narrow a blood vessel, usually an artery.
Is peripheral vascular disease curable?
If peripheral vascular disease goes untreated, there is a chance that it may progress into critical limb ischemia, a severe stage of PVD that can result in the loss of an affected limb. But if caught in its early stages, peripheral vascular disease is a treatable and reversible disease.
What is the best medication for peripheral vascular disease?
Because peripheral artery disease is related to reduced blood flow to your limbs, it’s important to improve that flow. Your doctor may prescribe daily aspirin therapy or another medication, such as clopidogrel (Plavix).
What kind of doctor do you see for vascular problems?
You should see a vascular specialist when you are diagnosed with a vascular condition or when you exhibit common symptoms of vascular disease. Typically, a primary care physician or podiatrist provides a referral to a vascular specialist.
When should I see a vascular specialist?
Often, patients unexpectedly need a vascular surgeon when they learn they have a vascular condition that could cause severe problems. If you are referred to a vascular surgeon, it’s likely your condition needs further diagnosis and a treatment plan.
What is a vascular DR called?
A vascular surgeon diagnoses, treats, and manages conditions in your arteries and veins, also called your blood vessels. These specialists treat a range of health problems, from spider and varicose veins to life-threatening aneurysms, and can help patients manage chronic conditions throughout their lives.
What procedures does a vascular surgeon perform?
- Aortic aneurysm repair.
- Aortocaval fistula repair.
- Aortoenteric fistula repair.
- Arteriovenous fistula surgery.
- Arteriovenous malformation surgery.
- Bypass surgery.
- Carotid angioplasty and stenting.
- Carotid artery stenting.
Do vascular doctors treat lymphedema?
Since the lymphatic vessels are the third (but lesser-known) component of the circulatory system, patients who need medical care for lymphedema are likely to be referred to vascular specialists, who treat arteries, veins and diseases of the circulatory system.
What is a vascular appointment?
A vascular screening is a check-up for your arteries and veins, also called your blood vessels. These appointments can help you find out if you have vascular disease. Not all vascular conditions have symptoms, so it’s a good idea to make the time for a check-up to be sure that your blood vessels are healthy.
How long does a vascular test take?
Most vascular lab exams are scheduled for 60 minutes, and some of the most complicated exams can be scheduled for up to 120 minutes.
What will a vascular ultrasound show?
Vascular ultrasound is used to evaluate arteries or veins, including blood vessels in the neck, abdomen, arms and legs. It can be performed to: Detect clots in the vein (deep venous thrombosis, or DVT). Confirm chronic venous insufficiency, or leaky valves in the veins that may cause swelling or edema.
What do you wear for vascular screening?
On the day of your test, please wear a loose open-collar shirt or blouse.