• What is Peripheral Vascular Disease?

    What is Peripheral Vascular Disease?

    Peripheral Vascular Disease, or PVD, is a general term that covers all diseases of the blood vessels outside the heart. PVD can affect both the arteries (that carry blood from the heart to the body) and veins (that carry blood from the body back to the heart). The Peripheral Circulation The circulatory system is made of blood vessels throughout your body

  • Carotid (Neck) Artery Disease

    Carotid (Neck) Artery Disease

    What is Carotid Artery Disease? Carotid Artery Disease is a form of Peripheral Artery Disease that affects blood flow through the carotid arteries, the two large vessels (one on each side of your neck) that supply blood to the brain. When you feel your pulse on your neck under your jaw, you are feeling the movement of the carotid artery as blood

  • Kidney (Renal) Artery Disease

    Kidney (Renal) Artery Disease

    What is kidney (renal) artery disease? Renal artery disease is a form of peripheral artery disease that reduces blood flow through the renal arteries, which supply blood to the kidneys. Renal artery disease affects 1 in every 18 women aged 65 and older (5.5%). The kidneys are a pair of organs located near the small of the back in

  • Disease of the Aorta

    Disease of the Aorta

    What is aortic disease? Aortic disease is a form of peripheral artery disease that affects the aorta, the largest artery in the body. The aorta is about the thickness of a garden hose and runs from your heart through your chest and abdomen, carrying oxygen-rich blood from the heart’s main pumping chamber (the left ventricle) and distributing it to the

  • Chronic Vein Disease

    Chronic Vein Disease

    What is Chronic Vein Disease? Chronic vein disease is disease of the veins (vessels that carry blood back to the heart) that usually affects the legs. Over time, the vein walls become weakened and stretched, causing the veins to bulge out and twist. Eventually the veins may become unable to pump enough blood back to the heart,

  • Chronic Vein Disease – Diagnosis & Treatment

    Chronic Vein Disease – Diagnosis & Treatment

    How is Chronic Vein Disease Diagnosed? The main way to diagnose CVI is by a physical examination at your doctor’s office. He or she will ask about your medical history and your symptoms, and examine your legs for signs of varicose veins, skin changes, swelling, and tenderness. Your doctor may also use a hand-held device called continuous wave Doppler< that uses reflected sound