What is Peripheral Vascular Disease?
Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD) is arterial and/or venous disease in the arms or legs. PVD is a common but debilitating disorder that is caused by impaired blood flow. If left untreated PVD can result in severe leg pain, amputation, and even death.
35-50 million Americans have Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD).
Signs and Symptoms
Hair loss on leg(s) or feet
High Blood Pressure
Prevention of Peripheral Vascular Disease
Steps to prevent peripheral vascular disease (PVD) are primarily aimed at management of the risk factors for PVD. A prevention program for PVD may include:
- Smoking cessation, including avoidance of second hand smoke and use of tobacco products
- Dietary modifications including reduced fat, cholesterol, and simple carbohydrates (such as sweets), and increased amounts of fruits and vegetables
- Treatment of dyslipidemia (high blood cholesterol levels) with medications as determined by your physician
- Weight reduction
- Moderation in alcohol intake
- Medications as determined by your physician to reduce your risk of blood clot formation
- Exercise plan of a minimum of 30 minutes daily
- Control of diabetes mellitus
- Control of hypertension (high blood pressure)
A prevention plan for PVD may also be used to prevent or lessen the progress of PVD once it has been diagnosed. Consult your physician for diagnosis and treatment.