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Signs & Symptoms of Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD)
Written by Diet Bites
Including treatment options for Peripheral Vascular Disease
What is Peripheral Vascular Disease?
In the event of Peripheral Vascular Disease, the arteries harden and narrow in the lower extremities of the aging body.
Peripheral Vascular Disease generally impacts individuals 65 years of age and older and can increase heart attack risk and stroke.
Because the flow of blood is squeezed and doesn't flow freely due to narrowing arteries, the heart must work at a stronger pace in an effort to distribute even blood circulation - but of course, it's a losing battle in the area of Peripheral Vascular Disease.
Symptoms of Peripheral Vascular Disease may include the following:
- Pain in the legs, especially during walking. The pain may actually lessen or may subside all together with rest.
- The feet and legs of an individual with PVD may feel cold or numb, particularly when resting as movement and activity encourage blood flow. The legs may also hold a bluish tinge or appear pale in color due to lack of proper blood circulation.
- There may be muscle pain in the lower extremities which again my lessen with rest.
- The individual may experience a loss of hair on the legs as well as on the tops of the toes. A lack of blood to support the tissues creates a need for the body to let go of what is not needed to make its job easier.
- The individual may experience difficulty when walking and may require a medical assisted chair or walker.
Treatment of Peripheral Vascular Disease may include surgery, life-style modifications and medications.
If you suspect that you may be exhibiting signs and symptoms of Peripheral Vascular Disease, you should meet with your doctor without delay. Early actions can prevent heart attack stroke.
To help cut your risks, the following may assist:
- If you are able to walk, getting in some healthy activity can assist with a stronger heart muscle.
- Be certain to eat healthy meals; cut out those fatty foods in the daily diet which are responsible for creating the blockage and narrowing over time.
Be sure to check those food labels - but take note that they can be a bit deceptive. For example, while a potato chip package label may claim to contain zero cholesterol, that doesn't mean that it won't contribute to bad cholesterol health issues.
It's key to look at the dietary fat content - and not just the total dietary fat. The distribution that you want to avoid most regards Saturated and Trans Fat. As a tag team, these two can create major damage to our arteries and can keep the heart from efficiently performing its job.
It's vital to keep in mind that the more blockage in an artery, the less time it takes to close the gap. At the beginning, a 10% blockage will take time to build. But if the artery is blocked at 90% then it will quickly close that 10% gap and requires immediate attention.
My father had a 90% blockage in his heart but refused the life-saving surgery because it was very risky given his health at the time. He suffered from diabetes, he had blood leakage and the doctors could not identify the source, he had extreme potassium levels which were also impacting his heart and he had high blood pressure issues. Because of his diabetic condition there was a high risk that he could lose his legs with the heart surgery; he was already blind - and had already lost a toe to diabetes.
After his 90% blockage was verified he didn't last but a few months before his heart became totally blocked. Even emergency surgery was not enough to save him.
Therefore, if you suspect that you are suffering from Peripheral Vascular Disease - please meet with your doctor. It doesn't always mean the worst; with modern day treatments and medications - your outlook could be quite positive.