Baptist Heart Specialists
Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD) is a slow, progressive circulatory disorder that may impact veins, arteries, and lymph vessels.
It is caused by a clogged or narrowed artery or blood vessel, often due to atherosclerosis, a build-up of plaque. The legs and feet are most commonly affected, but PVD may also reduce the blood flow to organs including the brain and heart.
When PVD occurs in the arteries outside the heart, it may be referred to as peripheral arterial disease (PAD).
Our area’s only freestanding hospital for heart and vascular care, Baptist Heart Hospital is the centerpiece of our top-ranked heart and vascular program, home to more than 500 physicians, nurses and staff – all with specialized training in providing inpatient and outpatient cardiovascular and thoracic care. Our team includes:
Outfitted with leading-edge technology, the Hybrid Vascular Operating Room at Baptist Heart Hospital allows physicians to provide interventional procedures, diagnosis procedures and treatment in one place, at one time. It provides all the capabilities of an imaging department, catheterization lab, and operating room. This can result in quicker diagnosis and treatment, as well as less time under anesthesia.
Procedures for PVD include angioplasty, which uses a catheter to create a larger opening in an artery to increase blood flow. Our team performs angioplasty techniques including:
Treatment also may include lifestyle modifications, medications and treating conditions that may aggravate PVD, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and elevated blood cholesterol.
While about half of all people with PVD have no symptoms, symptoms may include:
Although often underestimated as only a cosmetic problem, varicose veins can cause patients significant health issues.
Venous reflux disease damages valves and restricts blood flow, leading to an elevation of venous pressure and problematic symptoms like these:
Our team of vein experts uses a minimally invasive approach using ablation technology that gets you home the same day.
Suspect vein disease? Schedule a consult with a vein expert today at Baptist Heart Specialists.