Peripheral Vascular Disease

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Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center

Vascular Surgeons & Vein Specialists located in Port Jefferson Station, NY & Hauppauge, NY

Cardiovascular disease is responsible for one in every four deaths in the United States, making any peripheral vascular disease a cause for great concern. At Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center, with locations in Hauppauge, Port Jefferson Station, and Riverhead, New York, the team of board-certified surgeons offers comprehensive screening and treatment of peripheral vascular diseases. To protect your health against peripheral vascular disease, call the closest office or request an appointment online now.

Peripheral Vascular Disease Q & A

What is peripheral vascular disease?

Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) is a broad category of conditions that affect your circulatory system, exclusive of your heart or brain. There are many types of peripheral vascular disease, most of which are caused by a buildup of plaque in your blood vessels, which leads to atherosclerosis. As this buildup of plaque — which is primarily formed by fatty deposits, cholesterol, and calcium — begins to harden, the capacity of your blood vessels diminishes, placing added stress on your blood vessels and your heart.

PVD often affects your legs, but it can also have an effect on your:

  • Arms
  • Stomach and intestines
  • Kidneys

As PVD progresses, it can lead to blood clots and peripheral neuropathy, as well as overall poor cardiovascular health, making PVD very serious.

What are the symptoms of peripheral vascular disease?

The primary signs of PVD include:

  • Cold hands and feet
  • Leg pain
  • Leg swelling
  • Leg cramps
  • Varicose veins

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, a visit to Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center can shed some light on the problem.

How is peripheral vascular disease diagnosed?

Because of the magnitude of cardiovascular problems and PVD, the doctors at Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center recommend life-saving screenings, which they perform on-site at their three locations. These screenings include:

Carotid artery screenings

This noninvasive, simple screening helps identify critical signs and symptoms of carotid artery disease, a condition which can result in a stroke or atrial fibrillation. Your vascular surgeon uses a stethoscope to listen for abnormal sounds in your arteries that indicate the presence of turbulent blood flow. Ultrasound testing can be used to detect the degree of plaque buildup in the carotids.

Abdominal aortic screenings

Using ultrasound technology, your doctor measures the size of your abdominal aorta to determine if there are any irregularities. An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) rarely shows symptoms until it ruptures, so regular screenings are especially important for men who smoke or show a family history of AAA.

PVD screenings

Also known as a Doppler exam, this is a painless screening the Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center doctors use to identify blockages in the arteries of your lower extremities. Screening for PVD is very common because eight million Americans suffer from this disorder, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If left untreated, PVD can impair your circulation, leading to irreversible damage and even amputation.

Should your doctor find a problem, quick intervention provides the best possible outcome. To gain the upper hand on peripheral vascular disease, call Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center or request an appointment online.