What is Peripheral Vascular Disease?

Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) is a circulation disorder that causes narrowing of blood vessels to parts of the body other than the brain and heart.

Symptoms of Peripheral Vascular Disease

Dull, cramping pain in one or both calves, thighs, or hips when walking, called intermittent claudication.

  • buttock pain,
  • numbness or tingling in the legs,
  • weakness, burning or aching pain in the feet or toes while resting
  • a sore on a leg or a foot that will not heal
  • one or both legs or feet feel cold or change color (pale, bluish, dark reddish)
  • hair loss on the legs
  • impotence

Greater Pittsburgh Vascular Associates provides a comprehensive suite of state-of-the-art procedures for treating peripheral vascular disease. Treatment options include:

Treatment for peripheral vascular disease includes angioplasty, which is a technique for enlarging an artery that is blocked or narrowed without surgery. Stenting may be performed for arteries that are very severely blocked locally or begin to close up again after angioplasty. A procedure called atherectomy is removal of an atherosclerotic plaque.

Causes of peripheral vascular disease include peripheral artery disease due to atherosclerosis, blood clots, diabetes, inflammation of the arteries, infection, injury, and structural defects of the blood vessels.