Do you experience leg pain when you climb a flight of stairs? If so, you may be at risk of peripheral vascular disease (PVD).
While many people know about the importance of the blood vessels near the heart and brain, they often forget about the veins and arteries in their extremities. Those who are smokers, have high cholesterol, diabetes, or are obese can be particularly vulnerable to clogging of these outer blood vessels which reduces blood flow. If left untreated, PVD can result in heart attack, brain aneurysm or loss of limb. The medical professionals at the Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett Vascular Center are here to help you safeguard against vascular disease.
The most common form of PVD is peripheral arterial disease (PAD). It affects approximately 8 million Americans, including 12-20% of those over the age of 65. Despite the many people at risk, only about 25% of the population are aware of PAD. It doesn't help that the symptoms don't always raise a red flag. The most apparent symptom of PAD is leg pain; however, up to 40% of people with PAD reported not having any leg pain.
At the Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett Vascular Center, our team will use tests such as the ankle-brachial index (ABI) ultrasound as part of a comprehensive vascular disease screening. In the case of a positive screening, our board certified vascular specialists will provide the appropriate treatment, including lifestyle, medical and surgical options.
Upper and lower extremity vein mapping
Abdominal and pelvic
Ankle-brachial index (ABI)
Venous laser ablation
Sclerotherapy and venous injections
For more information or to make an appointment with our vascular specialists, call (901) 820-7022.
Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett Vascular Center 2996 Kate Bond Rd. Suite 203