What is peripheral vascular disease?

Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) is a slow and progressive circulation disorder caused by narrowing, blockage or spasms in a blood vessel.

Peripheral vascular disease may involve disease in any of the blood vessels outside of the heart. However, the legs and feet are most commonly affected.

Peripheral vascular disease treatment

The main goals for PVD treatment are to control the peripheral vascular disease symptoms and stop the progression of the disease to lower the risk for heart attack, stroke and other complications.

Treatment plans for patients will be determined by their care team based on age, medical history, type and stage of peripheral vascular disease and personal preferences. Peripheral vascular disease treatment options may include:

  • Lifestyle changes
    • Smoking
    • Lowering cholesterol
  • Medication
  • Rest
  • Surgery
    • Vascular surgery
    • Angioplasty
    • Atherectomy
    • Stent

Several of our Baylor Scott & White locations across Texas have physicians on the medical staff specializing in vascular surgery to care for peripheral vascular disease.

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