Learning More About Peripheral Vascular Disease
Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) is a fairly common circulatory condition that affects the vessels that supply blood to the limbs. PVD is often caused by fatty deposits, or plaque, that builds up in the arteries. This condition is referred to as atherosclerosis. The build-up blocks normal blood flow and can reduce circulation to the legs, arms, stomach, or kidneys, in addition to increasing the risk for heart attack or stroke. Reduced circulation to the legs is one of the most common symptoms of peripheral vascular disease. When walking or exercising, leg muscles do not get enough blood, and painful cramps can occur.
Do You Have the Following Symptoms?
More than 10 million Americans are affected by peripheral vascular disease. If you think you may have the condition or be at risk, consider whether you ever experience one or more of the following symptoms:
- Muscle weakness in the legs
- Numbness in the feet or toes
- Sores on toes, feet or legs that are slow to heal
- Painful cramping in the calves, thighs, or buttocks during exertion
- Inability to balance properly
- Foot pain at rest
- Erectile dysfunction in men
- Feet and toes that become pale from exercise or when elevated
- Loss of hair on the feet and toes
- Slow growth of toenails
- Feet that turn red when dangled
- Blue or purple marks on the legs, feet or toes
- Ulcers on the feet or toes
- Gangrene infection, indicated by black skin on the legs or feet
If you're experiencing one or more of these symptoms, please contact your doctor. For a free referral to one of our board-certified physicians, visit our online physician finder or call the BayCare Customer Service Center at (727) 462-7500.
The Morton Plant Hospital Vascular Program
Our top priority is to educate our patients about the dangers of peripheral vascular disease and other vascular conditions. When you come to us, our clinical specialists thoroughly explain the disease, the screening process , available treatmetn options, and how we can best help you.
Screening and Diagnosis
Our Vascular Program offers an abdominal aortic aneurysm screening to determine your risk for vascular disease, such as peripheral vascular disease (PVD). Specifically, an abdominal aortic aneurysm screening helps determine your risk of an aneurysm forming along the lining of your arterial wall by measing the size of your abdominal aorta. Screenings are conducted by clinical specialists who work in collaboration with your primary care physician. If a problem is detected, our board-certified specialists are ready to provide you with expert Morton Plant Mease treatment and care.
To schedule a screening, call (727) 461-8555.
Innovative technology and state-of-the-art equipment help us provide you with the best care possible. We offer:
- Peripheral angioplasty
- Peripheral stenting
- Vascular diagnostic ultrasound
- CT angiography
- Heart catheterizations
- Temporary pacemaker insertions
- Intra-aortic balloon pump insertions
- Inferior vena cava filter insertions
- Diagnostic carotid angiograms
- Abdominal aortagrams
- Femoral, renal and pelvic angiograms
Our team will call you 10 and 30 days after your visit to see how you're doing. We want to make sure you were able to see your doctor, if necessary, as well as answer any questions you have about your treatment or condition.
Morton Plant Hospital
300 Pinellas Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
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