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Peripheral Vascular Disease

Peripheral Vascular Disease

Peripheral Vascular Disease

Our Approach

Leg pain after walking isn’t just part of getting older. It can also be a sign of peripheral vascular disease, when blood vessels in your body are blocked by a fatty material known as plaque. Peripheral vascular disease increases your risk of heart attack and stroke by six or seven times more than someone without peripheral vascular disease.

You’re at risk for peripheral vascular disease if you have a history of:

  • Heart disease (coronary artery disease)
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Smoking
  • Stroke
  • High cholesterol

Peripheral vascular disease most commonly affects your legs, and can also affect your arms and kidneys. It causes pain and discomfort, wounds that don’t heal and may result in amputation if left untreated. 

  • Ankle Brachial Index (ABI) test to determine if you have PVD
  • A 64-slice CT scanner, which can noninvasively pinpoint blockages
  • Diagnostics and interventions for PVD in the legs, arms and kidneys, including traditional angioplasty and stents
  • Bypass surgery
  • The latest artherectomy therapies to remove plaque from the arteries in the legs, either above or below the knee, and avoid stents or surgeries
 

Our Providers

Augusta University Medical Center specialists provide care and support throughout your entire healthcare journey.

Ward, Alison F, MD

Cardiothoracic Surgery

Shukla, Mrinal, MD

Vascular Surgery

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