Peripheral Vascular Disease refers to a group of slow, progressive blood disorders that affect the blood vessels outside of the heart and brain. PVD causes the narrowing of vessels that transport blood to the legs, arms, stomach or kidneys.
You might be at risk for PVD/PAD if you have Type 1 diabetes, coronary artery disease, impaired glucose tolerance, high cholesterol or high blood pressure, or have a family history of PVD or certain heart conditions. It’s also more common in men over age 50 and postmenopausal women, obese and/or inactive individuals and those who smoke.
At Palo Alto Medical Foundation, our goal in caring for PVD/PAD is to increase blood flow to relieve symptoms and slow the progression of the disease. Our vascular center has a dedicated and fully staffed vascular clinic, vascular laboratory, surgery center and wound clinic to help provide comprehensive care to people suffering from arterial blockages or vein problems. We provide a full range of treatment options and use special technology that allows our surgeons to visualize your blood vessels with great clarity.