The goal of a healthy circulatory system is efficient blood flow throughout the body – from the heart to the toes and back to the heart again. When a peripheral vascular disease (PVD) or another circulatory disease affects this flow, your health feels the consequences.
Know first and foremost that you’re not alone. Millions of people suffer from some form of vascular incompetence (chronic venous insufficiency - CVI) in all stages of the disease.
Diagnosing a blood vessel condition can be challenging as symptoms of peripheral arterial disease (PAD) can sometimes resemble peripheral venous disease. Testing for circulatory diseases is the first step towards treatment.
Vascular disease is often identified during a cardiology appointment. However, some patients with peripheral blood flow disturbances or those who suffer from PVD do not have prior cardiac histories, therefore, they don’t actually visit a cardiologist.
To help patients resolve some of their circulatory symptoms, it's essential to properly diagnose the issues.
It’s recommended that you do not put off testing if you suspect something is wrong.
Dr. Smalling's passion and commitment to patient education are motivated by helping patients identify the disease before it becomes a limb loss or salvage situation (something that afflicts too many older people in the world).
Technology to screen and test for circulatory diseases includes the following assessments and measurements.
Dr. Smalling will explain these protocols and others to you in further detail during your appointment: