Peripheral Vascular Disease Screening
Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) screening may be ordered by Dr. Massaro or Dr. McEneaney, and performed by one of our medical partners. PVD is a narrowing of the vessels that carry blood to the arms, legs, stomach and kidneys, and is caused by a buildup of fatty deposits. PVD creates poor circulation, which can lead to a heart attack or a stroke. Consequently, early diagnosis of PVD is crucial.
The symptoms of this disease (swelling, pain, discoloration, ulcers) may initially be noticed in a person’s feet and ankles.
The PVD screening includes an ultrasound in order to evaluate the arterial blood flow to a patient’s legs and feet. If there is any type of blockage or hardening of the arteries, it will be revealed as part of the PVD screening. The good news is, those with PVD can usually improve their health through diet, exercise and medication.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, or would like more information about peripheral vascular disease and how it can be effectively diagnosed and treated, please call the Cary-Grove Foot & Ankle Center at (847) 639-5800.