Peripheral vascular disease is the most common disease in our country effecting more than 10 million people. Men experience this disease more often than women and it is more common among smokers.
Risk factors for peripheral vascular disease include:
- a family history of premature heart attacks or strokes;
- men and women over 50;
- excess weight;
- an inactive lifestyle;
- high blood pressure and;
- high cholesterol
The most common symptom of peripheral vascular disease is pain or cramping in one or both calves, thighs, or hips.Numbness, tingling, or weakness in the legs, a burning or aching pain in the feet or toes while resting, a sore on your leg or foot that does not heal, or discoloration of your legs or feet are other symptoms.
Peripheral vascular disease refers to any disease or disorder of the circulatory system outside of the brain and heart that affects your arteries, veins,or lymph vessels.
At the New Mexico Heart Institute, we offer state-of-the-art vascular imaging services whichhelp us to diagnose and treat vascular disease.