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Peripheral Vascular Disease Specialist

Advanced Medical Group

Cardiology, Vein, & Podiatry located in Jersey City, NJ

Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) limits blood flow circulation to your arms and legs. The team of vascular specialists at Advanced Medical Group perform advanced diagnostics and treatments right in their Jersey City, Union City, and West New York, New Jersey, offices. If you have a history of PVD or are exhibiting symptoms, book an evaluation today. Schedule your peripheral vascular disease visit with the online appointment agent or call your closest office.

Peripheral Vascular Disease Q & A

What causes peripheral vascular disease?

Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) can be either functional or organic. With functional PVD, your vessels widen and narrow because of environmental factors, like stress or cold temperatures. If you have organic PVD, you actually have a change in the structure of your vessels, such as narrowing due to atherosclerosis. Either way, your chances of having PVD go up due to:

  • Being over age 50
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Having diabetes or heart disease
  • Living with high blood pressure or cholesterol
  • Having a family history of high cholesterol or PVD

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a type of PVD that specifically develops in your arteries. Because both conditions are so closely related, the terms PVD and PAD are often used interchangeably and symptoms are similar.

What are the symptoms of peripheral vascular disease?

Initial signs and symptoms of peripheral vascular disease are gradual and irregular. For instance, you might start noticing cramping or unexplained fatigue in your lower legs and feet. The more active you are, the worse these issues become. As your condition worsens, it’s common to notice:

  • Reduced hair growth in the affected area
  • Reddish-blue or pale skin
  • Burning sensations in toes
  • Numbness or heaviness in legs

Since PVD affects blood flow, you could even find that your toenails start becoming opaque. PVD can lead to tissue death, and in severe cases, amputation. If you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms or have a known history of PVD, get started on treatment at Advanced Medical Group today.

How is peripheral vascular disease treated?

When you come into Advanced Medical Group for your peripheral vascular disease evaluation, your practitioner is likely going to perform a lower extremity ultrasound right in the office to evaluate your blood flow. Once they understand the severity of your PVD, they can put together your treatment plan, which could include:

  • An exercise regimen
  • Dietary counseling
  • Cholesterol-lowering medications
  • Blood clot-reducing drugs
  • Medications to improve blood flow

If you’re diabetic, part of your PVD treatment could include carefully monitoring your blood sugar levels to ensure you don’t experience drastic spikes. Your team of vascular specialists at Advanced Medical Group monitor you regularly to ensure your PVD treatment is working.

If you have a history of peripheral vascular disease or are showing symptoms, schedule an evaluation at Advanced Medical Group. Book either online or over the phone.