Promoting awareness, diagnosis, and treatment of peripheral vascular disease (PVD), also known as peripheral arterial disease (PAD), is a priority at Duke.
More than half the patients who have this blockage of the vessels that supply blood to the organs and limbs have severe coronary disease as well.
The risk factors for peripheral vascular disease and peripheral artery disease (when blockage occurs in the leg arteries) parallel those of heart and neurovascular disease: diabetes mellitus, tobacco use, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure.
Duke Heart Center's PVD experts take a team-based approach to evaluating and treating this serious condition, with vascular cardiologists and vascular surgeons working side-by-side in clinics to offer more comprehensive evaluations.
Duke Heart Center offers patients a host of treatments specific to the nature of the blocked artery and the patient's needs. Treatments include:
Therapies also include rehabilitation programs to help maintain cardiovascular fitness and to control contributing conditions such as hypertension and diabetes.
Duke physicians aggressively pursue and evaluate new drug therapies as well as the use of the latest catheter-based technologies to improve blood flow to the limbs.
Duke Heart Center has established a "salvage center" in an effort to prevent the amputation of limbs (typically the legs) among patients with PVD-related gangrene and ulcers who are not candidates for other interventions. Our goal is to reduce by one-half the number of PVD-related amputations in NC by 2015.
Peripheral vascular disease services are provided by the Division of Cardiology, the Division of Vascular Surgery, and the Division of Interventional Radiology.
Make an appointment with a Duke heart specialist near you: 888-ASK-DUKE (888-275-3853)