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Are You at Risk for Peripheral Vascular Disease?

Here's what you should know about PVD

Peripheral Vascular Disease

Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD) refers to blockages in blood vessels that are away from the heart.  It is one of the most common cardiovascular diseases and leads to narrowing and hardening of the arteries that supply blood to the legs and feet.  

“If you have PVD, the results can be dangerous and unfortunately, often go undetected,” said Mamata Alwarshetty, M.D., an interventional cardiologist at Rush-Copley.  “People who have PVD can have blockages in blood vessels elsewhere in the body and have a two to six times greater risk of dying from heart disease and stroke.”


Symptoms and Risk Factors

People who have any of the following risk factors or symptoms to be screened for PVD:

  • Aching, cramping or pain in your legs when you walk that goes away when you rest
  • Diabetes or personal/family history of heart disease
  •  Pain in toes or feet at night
  • Ulcers or sores on feet or legs that are slow in healing
  •  High blood pressure or high cholesterol
  • Smoking
  • Inactive lifestyle