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      Peripheral Vascular Disease Overland Park KS

      The signs of Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD) may not always be obvious. Symptoms like cramping and erectile dysfunction might not be what comes to mind when you imagine a cardiovascular disease, and hair loss on the legs could make the path towards treatment that much more difficult.

      Diagnosing PVD is Interventional Cardiologist Dr. Ronnie G. Smalling’s expertise. Smalling Vascular Institute will help you determine the cause behind your symptoms and direct you towards peripheral vascular disease treatment. Dr. Smalling listens to and addresses your concerns and questions.

      To make an appointment with Overland Park’s top peripheral vascular disease specialist, please call ☎ (913) 912-3624 or contact us online today!

      What is Peripheral Vascular Disease?

      PVD is the reduction of blood flow through arteries and veins due to vessel spasms, narrowing, or blockage. There are two types of Peripheral Vascular Disease: Organic PVD is a physical change in the blood vessels, while functional PVD is caused by reactions to environmental stimuli.

      Peripheral Vascular Disease Symptoms

      PVD frequently affects the legs, but can also impact the vessels in the arms, intestines, and kidneys.

      Claudication (cramps, pain, and fatigue in the hips, thighs, and buttocks while walking) is a common symptom. Your pain will subside with rest. Other PVD symptoms include:

      • leg cramps when reclined
      • muscle numbness or heaviness
      • cold skin
      • pale, red, or bluish lower limb skin
      • leg hair loss
      • burning toes
      • cloudy or thick toenails
      • muscle atrophy

      Symptoms will worsen and become more frequent with time, with pain becoming so great that it becomes difficult to move. In its worse stages, PVD may cause:

      • erectile dysfunction
      • wounds that don’t heal
      • heart attack
      • stroke
      • bone infections
      • blood poisoning
      • tissue death

      Peripheral Vascular Disease Causes

      Causes of Organic PVD include:

      • a build-up of plaque (atherosclerosis)
      • high cholesterol
      • high blood pressure
      • diabetes
      • varicose veins
      • deep vein thrombosis
      • chronic vein insufficiency
      • inflamed blood vessels
      • infected blood vessels
      • tissue damage

      Functional PVD can be caused by:

      • brain signals
      • temperature changes
      • stress
      • vibrations from technology
      • drugs

      Other risk factors include:

      • being over the age of 50
      • a family history of PVD or cerebrovascular disease
      • being African-American
      • coronary artery disease
      • obesity
      • undergoing dialysis for kidney disease

      You can help prevent PVD by:

      • eating a healthy diet
      • exercising
      • quitting smoking
      • avoiding illicit drugs

      Peripheral Vascular Disease Diagnosis

      Healthcare professionals may misdiagnose PVD as Chronic Venous Insufficiency. Dr. Smalling goes beyond to ensure that you leave the office with the right diagnosis.

      Dr. Smalling will diagnose the cause of your symptoms by performing one or more of these noninvasive tests:

      Physical Examinations

      Dr. Smalling will review your medical history and any medications you may be taking. He will also go over aspects of your health (like your diet) and take your blood pressure.

      Dr. Smalling may also perform a venous refill test using a blood pressure cuff. Your leg will be raised and lowered to determine how long it takes for blood to return to the top of the foot. You may have a venous disease if this refill takes less than 15 seconds.

      Ankle Brachial Index (ABI)

      An Ankle Brachial Index (ABI) is a type of Pule Volume Recording (PVR). ABI is a comparison of the blood pressure in your arms to the pressure in your ankles. If your ankle pressure is lower than your arm pressure, you may have PVD.

      As a PVR, blood pressure cuffs and a Doppler ultrasound device are used during an ABI. You may have your blood pressure measured after running on a treadmill to trigger your symptoms (Post-Exercise ABI).

      If he makes a PVD diagnosis, Dr. Smalling will refer you to a treatment specialist.

      Peripheral Vascular Disease vs Peripheral Arterial Disease

      Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) and PVD are very similar conditions. PAD only affects your arteries, while PVD can affect both your arteries and veins. Dr. Smalling will help determine which vessels are being affected.

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      Understand the possible cause for your high blood pressure and erectile dysfunction. Schedule a meeting with a peripheral vascular disease doctor today – call ☎ (913) 912-3624 or contact us online.

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