The Deadliness of Peripheral Vascular Disease

One growing disease in the United States is known as peripheral vascular disease. Despite the fact that it can become quite serious, most people never get treated for it. This is because PVD has no or few symptoms. Even when symptoms do occur, they are not severe enough to motivate people to seek medical care. In fact, the most common symptom is simply leg cramping. Very often, people attribute this cramping to age or exertion.

Regardless of the types of symptoms a person experiences, it is always prudent to schedule endovascular surgery or other treatments when it is warranted. PVD itself strikes as blood vessel in the leg narrow because of plaque buildup. While early symptoms are mere cramps, the disease can progress to a heart attack, stroke and even the loss of a limb. Early intervention in PVD, as with all major diseases, provides a person with the best chance of avoiding any significant complications.

Other symptoms people should be on the lookout for is leg numbness, or changes in leg color and temperature. A combination of these symptoms should always warrant a visit to your healthcare provider. Don’t wait until it’s too late.