What Is Peripheral Venous Disease and How Do I Know if I Have It?

Peripheral venous disease, also referred to as peripheral vascular disease (PVD), is an umbrella term for several conditions that affect blood flow in the veins and arteries outside of your heart. If left untreated, PVD can cause serious health complications, including blood clots, tissue death (gangrene), and even limb amputation.

Dr. Lev Pukin is a board-certified interventional radiologist and top-rated vein specialist who leads the team at Vein and Vascular Solutions NYC in the Midwood area of Brooklyn and Staten Island, New York. Dr. Pukin is well-known for providing quality, patient-focused care for a wide variety of vascular issues at his thriving practice.

Read what this talented expert has to say about PVD and the symptoms it causes.

Understanding PVD

Many conditions that affect blood flow in your peripheral veins and arteries fall under the umbrella of peripheral venous disease, including:

PVD can also cause blood clots, including those deep within muscle tissue (deep-vein thrombosis or DVT) and clots in the surface veins (superficial thrombophlebitis).

Symptoms of PVD

Most common in the legs and feet, PVD symptoms include:

Peripheral venous disease is a progressive condition that worsens over time if not treated and, unfortunately, may not cause significant symptoms until the disease progresses. Understanding your risk factors for PVD may help you spot the early warning signs.

What are the risk factors for PVD?

The risk factors for peripheral venous disease are similar to those that increase your risk of heart disease, including:

Varicose veins are part of the PVD family but may also signal more serious vascular conditions that require medical attention.

Treating PVD

Effective treatment for PVD begins with an accurate diagnosis. At Vein and Vascular Solutions, we offer convenient in-office diagnostic testing that may include ultrasound and other painless imaging studies.

Dr. Pukin then designs customized treatment strategies designed to relieve your symptoms and treat the underlying cause of your PVD.  

For an accurate diagnosis and quality treatment for peripheral venous disease, schedule a visit at Vein and Vascular Solutions NYC today. Call the office or request an appointment online.

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