Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) is a chronic disorder that prevents healthy blood circulation. Atherosclerosis — when plaque sticks to the artery walls — is the most common cause of PVD. Over time, atherosclerosis causes the walls to harden, stiffen, and weaken, restricting blood flow. Your organs, limbs, and tissues need oxygen-rich blood to thrive.
Proper evaluation is essential to prevent complications like slow-healing wounds, limb loss, and stroke. Hillside Primary Care is a state-of-the-art clinic with onsite testing services to evaluate your risk for peripheral vascular disease. The team uses advanced technology to diagnose your condition.
Peripheral vascular disease often causes no symptoms early on. A comprehensive evaluation is the only way to know if you have the condition. The team may recommend an evaluation if you have risk factors for peripheral vascular disease, such as high cholesterol or hypertension (high blood pressure).
They may also perform an evaluation if you experience:
Without a full evaluation and proper treatment, peripheral vascular disease can lead to gangrene (dead tissue) and limit your mobility.
When you arrive for your peripheral vascular disease evaluation, the team reviews your medical history and performs a physical exam. Next, they order tests such as:
Testing your blood for high levels of glucose (sugar) and cholesterol can help detect diabetes and high cholesterol, two conditions that raise your risk of PVD.
Ankle-brachial index (ABI)
An ABI tests the blood pressure in different areas of your body: the arm and ankle. The team may combine this test with an exercise screening, measuring your blood pressure before and after walking on a treadmill.
A Doppler ultrasound tracks blood flow to detect blocked arteries. It can also help determine whether your arteries are narrowing.
The team works with you to determine the types of tests you need to diagnose and treat PVD.
Call Hillside Primary Care or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about peripheral vascular disease.