a non-healing ulcer on the leg and complete blockage of the left iliac
Same patient as
above, following treatment with stents. The leg ulcer healed avoiding the
need for amputation.
|Peripheral Vascular Disease
PVD is a disease of the blood vessels that
affects tens of thousands of people. In PVD, the arteries that carry blood
to the arms or legs become narrowed or clogged, slowing or stopping the
flow of blood. This condition can often be treated by an interventional
radiologist without the need for surgery. Atherosclerosis or hardening
of the arteries usually causes PVD. Atherosclerosis is a gradual process
in which cholesterol and scar tissue build up inside the artery. Symptoms
of PVD also can develop when a blood clot forms in the artery.
Symptoms of PVD
The most common symptom of PVD is leg pain,
particularly when walking or exercising, which goes away after a few minutes
of rest. This condition is called claudication. Other symptoms of PVD include:
Numbness and tingling in the lower legs and
Coldness in the lower legs and feet
Ulcers or sores on the legs and feet that
Risk Factors for PVD
PVD occurs most often in people who are
over 50, but may develop earlier in those who are smokers.
Factors that contribute to the disease
include smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, a family
history of heart or vascular disease, and being overweight. Sometimes PVD
can be controlled or prevented by lifestyle changes, such as exercising
and dieting to lose weight and lower cholesterol.
The single most important thing you can
do to slow PVD is to stop smoking!
to Peripheral Angioplasty
A high-grade symptomatic
distal aortic stenosis before and after treatment with"Kissing" Palmaz
before and after treatment using a Palmaz stent.