Understanding Peripheral Vascular Disorder

Do you have a tingling sensation on your feet? Are you unable to sleep? Do you have weakness of joints, lack of sensation and high levels of sensitivity to touch?

These look like some of the symptoms of peripheral vascular disease.

Before you start getting worried, it’s essential that you know what it is.

Peripheral vascular disease occurs when there is an unnatural slowing down in the flow of blood outside the heart and the brain. The blood vessels narrow down causing the blood flow to decrease. It mostly occurs in people above the age of 60.

Peripheral vascular disease

The Two Types of Peripheral Disorders:

  1. Functional Peripheral Disorder: There are changes in the size of the blood vessels, where the blood vessels expand and contract due to certain factors based on the environment. Sometimes, it is the change in the temperature that leads to a a change in the flow of blood.
  2. Organic Peripheral Disorder:  Organic peripheral disorder is when there is plaque that could be built up in the blood vessels, which narrows the flow of blood.

The causes are as follows:

  1. Emotional and physical stress factors
  2. High blood pressure
  3. Pharmaceutical drugs
  4. Diabetes
  5. Cholesterol
  6. Smoking

Who’s At Risk?

  1. The weight not being equal to a person’s body mass index. Obesity is considered as a serious factor which might aggravate or cause serious and far-fetched implications of a peripheral vascular disease.
  2. Abnormal cholesterol levels
  3. A person is affected by the peripheral vascular disease if they fall between the age of forty to fifty.
  4. A person is prone to a peripheral vascular disease if there is a history of the family members who have been victims of high blood pressure, cholesterol, cerebrovascular diseases and strokes.
  5. Some of the potential patients of peripheral vascular disease include people who have untreated and subsisting conditions of kidney diseases, diabetes and hemodialysis.

To have a disciplined and a healthy lifestyle helps in the prevention of a peripheral vascular disease. It is often due to untimely meals that many healthy people some from this disease. By the time they realise that something is triggering the symptoms of a peripheral vascular disease, it becomes a little too late to curb down on the menace of the blockage of the blood vessels. Hence, the precautionary measures taken at an earlier stage is a necessity.

Symptoms of Peripheral Vascular Disease

Symptoms of Peripheral Vascular Disease

The symptoms of a Peripheral Vascular Disease are not easily identifiable. Some of the symptoms to be correlated with symptoms of a peripheral vascular disease may take up to years. The general symptoms of the disease include:

  1. There is severe pain in the legs and joints, due to the lack of flow of blood.
  2. The veins and the area affected turn blue because of the blood not flowing to the blood vessels. The coloured patches might remain intact without disappearing for a long time.
  3. Sometimes, there are deep ulcers on the skin of the legs, pale skin and low blood pressure with a weak pulse due to a peripheral vascular disease.
  4. Discomfort on the legs characterised by numbness and weakness in the legs and the knee joints, which results in weakness and inability to walk; hampering the daily activities.

Complications of a Peripheral Vascular Disease

  1. Impotence is one of the far-fetched implications caused due to the disease.
  2. Pain without any movements
  3. Superficial wounds that do not heal easily
  4. Infections caused in the bones and also infections in the bloodstream

Diagnosis of a Peripheral Vascular Disease

  1. Doppler Ultrasound
  2. Angiography
  3. Computerised Tomography Angiography to determine the reason for the blockage of the blood vessels.

Treatments for Peripheral Vascular Disease

  1. Changes in lifestyle.
  2. Quitting smoking.
  3. To take medicines which help in the flow of blood and to help prevent in the formation of blood clots. This can be attain by subscribing medicines like ciolstazol and clopitogrel.

Timely remedies and precautions accompanied by a healthy lifestyle, is a must for a healthy functioning of the human mind and the body. But, diagnosis and medication plays an important role to not lead to further complications. Here, at Sai Sanjeevini, there is dedicated team of experienced doctors who provide the patients with the best care possible. In case you feel hat you are suffering from any of the symptoms of a peripheral vascular disease, do visit the hospital at the earliest.

About Sai Sanjeevini:

Sai Sanjeevini Multi Speciality Hospitals, a unit of Singapanga Healthcare Pvt. Ltd has been providing health services to the people in need for the last 14 years. This health care organisation combines practical, proven research, cutting edge procedures and state-of-the-art treatment to produce excellent medical and lifestyle outcome for our patients. Our hospital and medical staff provide innovative medical care in a friendly, compassionate, community environment conducive to patient recuperation in a family atmosphere.

About The Doctor:

Dr. Anjaiah is a reputed Orthopedic Doctor in Hyderabad with an experience of 22 years in this field. Dr. Anjaiah practices at Sai Sanjeevini Hospitals in Kothapet, Hyderabad. He completed MBBS from Osmania Medical College, Hyderabad in 1991 and MS – Orthopaedics from Osmania Medical College, Hyderabad in 1994. All his patients trust him with their bones and also their lives. So Book your Appointment now.