Do Your Legs Hurt?
In the United States, more than eight million Americans suffer from Peripheral Vascular Disease (P.V.D.) which is the hardening of the arteries — also known as “atherosclerosis” — in the limbs, often the legs. One in 20 Americans over the age of 50 has P.V.D., and many of those with P.V.D. do not experience any symptoms. Peripheral Vascular Disease can reduce mobility and increase the risk for heart attack and stroke. If left untreated, P.V.D. can be fatal.
Because vascular disease develops over time, it is important to lead a healthy lifestyle through awareness, prevention and risk reduction. That’s why Florida Hospital Volusia/Flagler is offering the community a free screening to help determine if you are at risk of developing P.V.D.
Peripheral Vascular Disease (P.V.D.) is a form of atherosclerosis, a hardening and narrowing of arteries, that gradually accumulates fatty deposits and other substances. For those who suffer from P.V.D., the legs and other extremities do not receive adequate blood flow, causing leg pain and cramping, numbness, and ultimately – an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. It is essential to treat these problems early to prevent future complications.
The following risk factors may increase your chance of developing Peripheral Vascular Disease:
- High Cholesterol
- Heart Disease (Coronary Artery Disease)
- Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
- Kidney Disease
You could have P.V.D. and not know it because the symptoms can develop slowly and are not always alarming.
Look for these signs:
- Leg Pain When Walking (Goes Away With Rest)
- Painful Cramping
- Cold Feet or Legs
- Slow Healing Wounds on Lower Extremities
- Erectile Dysfunction