Prescott – Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD) and PAD are two names for the same disease process: a common circulation problem in which the arteries that carry blood to the legs or arms become narrowed or blocked. This interferes with the normal flow of blood, occasionally causing pain, but often causing no symptoms at all.
The most common cause of PAD is atherosclerosis, often referred to as ‘hardenings of the arteries’. Atherosclerosis is a gradual process in which cholesterol and scar tissue build up, forming a substance called ‘plaque’ that clogs the blood vessels. In some cases, PAD may be caused by blood clots that lodge in the arteries and restrict blood flow. Left untreated, this insufficient blood flow will lead to limb amputation in some patients.
In atherosclerosis, the blood flow channel is constricted from the buildup of plaque, preventing blood from passing through as needed. This prevents oxygen and other nutrients from getting to normal tissue. The arteries also become rigid and less elastic, and are less able to react to tissue demands for changes in blood flow. Many of the risk factors – high cholesterol, high blood pressure, smoking and diabetes – may also damage the blood vessel wall, making the blood vessel prone to diffuse plaque deposits.
Prescott Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD)
What are the symptoms of Peripheral Arterial Disease?
The most common symptom of PAD is called claudication, which is leg pain that occurs when walking or exercising and disappears when the person stops the activity.
Other symptoms of PAD include:
- numbness and tingling in the lower legs and feet,
- coldness in the lower legs and feet, and
- ulcers or sores on the legs or feet that don’t heal or are very slow to heal.
Vascular and Interventional Specialists of Prescott (VISP for short) emerged onto the Prescott area medical scene in 2010 to fill a void in the community and add to the existing quality medical care.
We are a group of subspecialty radiologists that perform numerous minimally-invasive, low-risk procedures using the tools of our trade for guidance x-ray, ultrasound, CT scan, and MRI.
Our goal is to educate the public and medical community, then diagnose and treat people in the safest, most compassionate way, with rapid recovery times and low risk of complications.
The vascular part of our name means we are specialists in treating the blood vessels: the arteries and the veins. Different diseases affect the arteries and veins, and if untreated, the consequences can significantly alter lifestyles. Blockages in the arteries (from peripheral vascular disease, also known as peripheral arterial disease) leading to severe pain when walking, can be successfully and easily treated once the diagnosis is made. Similarly, poorly functioning veins can cause leg pain and swelling and bothersome varicose veins, which can be reversed without any painful procedures!
The interventional part of our name implies we are more than vascular specialists; we have been fellowship trained to perform dozens of other procedures on almost every body part and organ system with little to no pain. In fact, we can treat back pain with safe, easy injections that will have you in and out in about 30 minutes. Our website has a list of the other procedures we perform.
We know that early diagnosis and treatment can prevent misery and suffering, so we are here to help. Our community lectures and seminars have helped many Prescott area residents recognize that what was once thought of as an age-related problem can actually be fixed. When walking to the mailbox was once a chore, walking around the neighborhood becomes a reality!
You'd be surprised what we can do to improve your life, and we are proud to help!