foot1Sometimes there are diseases of blood vessels outside of the heart that can cause problems. This is called peripheral vascular disease or PVD. This can affect both peripheral arteries and peripheral veins, but usually refers to problems with peripheral veins only. It is sometimes used incorrectly as a synonym for peripheral arterial disease (PAD). However, this is a form of PVD that occurs only within the arteries.

What Causes It?

PVD is a condition that results from “hardening of the arteries” which refers to the gradual build-up of fatty substances within the vessels. This process is also known as atherosclerosis. Due to the build-up, arteries become blocked and weakened.

When To Seek Help

It’s important that you’re able to recognize the symptoms of PVD so that you know when to seek medical attention. Although peripheral vascular disease is not a medical emergency, you’ll need to take steps to reverse it in order to reduce your chance of experiencing a stroke or heart attack. The following are symptoms of PVD:

  • Fainting/lightheadedness
  • Numbness in the legs, arms, or face
  • Difficulty seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden headaches or dizziness

If you’re experiencing one or more of these symptoms, don’t wait. Schedule an appointment with Stockton Cardiology and we’ll have you tested for PVD. Our team of cardiologists offer Covidien varicose vein ablation treatment in the office setting. Please ask your cardiologist for more information. Stockton Cardiology provides cardiology services at our offices in Stockton, Tracy, Manteca, and San Andreas.