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Peripheral Vascular Disease Specialist

South Orange Avenue Medical Associates

Internal Medicine & Interventional Cardiology located in South Orange, NJ, East Orange, NJ, & Newark, NJ

Do you experience leg pain after walking or climbing stairs? Is the skin on your legs shiny? You may have peripheral vascular disease. At South Orange Avenue Medical Associates in South Orange, New Jersey, the team specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of peripheral vascular disease, offering in-house peripheral vascular interventions. For an evaluation, call the office today.

Peripheral Vascular

What is peripheral vascular disease?

Peripheral vascular disease is a general medical term used to describe conditions that affect your circulatory system outside of your heart and brain. It’s also sometimes referred to as peripheral artery disease. 

The buildup of fat along the blood vessel walls is the most common cause of peripheral vascular disease. The excess fat causes the blood vessels to narrow and stiffen, which impairs blood flow to your extremities. The blood vessels in the legs are most often affected.

 

What are the symptoms of peripheral vascular disease?

You may not experience any symptoms with peripheral vascular disease. However, leg pain or cramping during activity, such as walking, may be a sign that the circulation in your legs is less than adequate. Other symptoms that may indicate peripheral vascular disease include:

  • Numbness or weakness in your leg
  • Leg swelling
  • Changes in skin color in your leg
  • Slower hair growth
  • Slower toenail growth
  • Wounds that take a long time to heal, or don’t heal at all

For men, erectile dysfunction may be a symptom of peripheral vascular disease. 

 

What happens during a peripheral vascular disease exam?

The team at South Orange Avenue Medical Associates completes a comprehensive physical exam when you come to the office with concerns about leg pain or other symptoms that may indicate peripheral vascular disease. 

The team reviews your symptoms, medical and family history, and completes a physical exam focused on your peripheral blood vessels, especially those in your legs.

To confirm or rule out peripheral vascular disease, the team may recommend diagnostic imaging such as an ultrasound, angiography, and/or blood tests.

 

What are the treatments for peripheral vascular disease?

Treatment for your peripheral vascular disease centers around reducing your symptoms and preventing further accumulation of fat along your blood vessel walls. The team may recommend:

  • Diet modification
  • Exercise program
  • Disease-specific medication

The team also offers in-house peripheral vascular interventions, such as angioplasty and thrombolytic therapy, depending on your symptoms and the cause of your circulation issues.

Peripheral vascular disease is common and can affect circulation throughout your body. For an evaluation, call the cardiac experts at South Orange Avenue Medical Associates today.