Peripheral Vascular Disease Screening
Am I At Risk for Peripheral Vascular Disease?
Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) is a disorder that affects the way blood
circulates throughout your body. With PVD, the blood vessels outside your
heart and brain can be affected; they can block, spasm, or narrow. As
the vessels narrow, blood flow decreases, which may be caused either by
hardening of the arteries—also known as arteriosclerosis—or
spasms of the blood vessels. In the case of hardened arteries, an individual
with PVD will experience plaque buildup that causes poor blood supply
to organs and extremities.
Symptoms include pain and exhaustion, particularly in the legs. These symptoms
are often felt during movement or exercise, and then the pain goes away
when the patient rests. The arteries or veins can be affected. PVD also
affects the vessels responsible for feeding oxygen-rich blood to your
kidneys, stomach, intestines, and arms.
There are two types of PVD: functional and organic. Functional PVD may
be caused by stress, certain drugs, operating heavy-duty tools / machinery
that vibrate, and cold climates. Organic PVD may be caused by hypertension,
high cholesterol, cigarette smoking, and / or diabetes, among other causes.
It is important to know if you are at risk for PVD. Receive a screening
Receive a Screening from Washington Township Medical Foundation
Learn if you may be at risk for peripheral vascular disease. This screening
is held for the community as part of the Washington Hospital Vascular
Services Program. Screening consists of a Doppler study of the circulation
in your legs. Physicians are on hand to interpret your results. Pre-registration