Peripheral Vascular Disease Care
Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) refers to any disease or disorder of the circulatory system outside of the brain and heart. It can include any disorder that affects any blood vessels. Vascular surgeons at North Mississippi Medical Center provide the latest treatment options for peripheral vascular disease.
Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is caused by atherosclerosis in the inner walls of arteries. is a particularly dangerous form of PVD, because patients often dismiss the symptoms or experience no symptoms at all.
PAD affects the arteries in your legs and puts you at higher risk of having heart attack or stroke.
At-risk patients are those over age 50 who present at least one more vascular risk factor.
Patients with PAD face a continuous threat of heart attack, stroke, hospitalization for avascular event and even death. Nearly one in five patients with PAD will experience a major cardiovascular event within one year.
With only about one-quarter of PAD patients undergoing treatment, this disease is largely under-diagnosed and under-treated.
- Cramping, fatigue, heaviness, pain or discomfort in the legs or buttocks during and following physical activity
- Foot wounds that won’t heal or heal very slowly
- Noticeable decrease in the temperature of the lower leg or foot