Specialties

  • Peripheral Vascular Disease

  • Comprehensive Vascular Program at St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood.

    If you have been told you may have peripheral vascular disease (PVD), St. Anthony Hospital’s comprehensive vascular program has the advanced diagnostic, treatment and management care you need—all at one convenient location. Here’s what you need to know.

    PVDs are caused by poor blood flow in blood vessels outside of the brain and heart. They most often occur in veins and arteries supplying blood to the arms, legs, feet and lower organs, and they get worse over time. The term peripheral arterial disease or PAD refers to PVDs that affect the arteries.

    While most PVDs are the result of a narrowing of the blood vessels that serve the arms and legs, they also can be caused by infection, injury and abnormal muscles or ligaments. 

    • Age of 50 or over
    • High blood cholesterol
    • High blood pressure (hypertension)
    • Heart disease
    • Diabetes
    • Being postmenopausal
    • Family history of PVD, hypertension and/or high cholesterol
    • Being overweight
    • Physical inactivity
    • Smoking and/or use of tobacco

    Approximately half of people with PVD have no symptoms. When symptoms do occur, they may range from mild to severe and include:

    • Poor leg circulation
    • Leg pain, numbness or weakness
    • Painful cramping in the hip, thigh or calf muscle after activity
    • Swelling of the legs
    • Change of color in the legs
    • Coldness in lower leg or foot
    • Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
    • Non-healing wounds, especially on legs, feet or toes
    • Weak pulse in legs or feet
    • Shiny skin on the legs
    • Blood clots
    • Hair loss or slow hair growth
    • Erectile Dysfunction  (ED)

    Without treatment, PVD can lead to a heart attack, stroke, difficulty walking because of pain, and poor wound healing that may result in amputation.

    To help manage PVD symptoms and slow its progression, the St. Anthony Hospital Vascular Program provides:

    • A team of vascular specialists. Because PVD affects the whole person, having providers from many specialties makes for a more coordinated and complete care experience. 
    • Vascular diagnostics.  Our on-site, non-invasive diagnostics and fast tracks diagnosis of vascular and circulatory conditions and helps determine the best treatment options.
    • Vascular treatments and interventions. Highly skilled radiologists and cardiologists provide catheter-based treatment options for Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) and Coronary Artery Disease (CAD).
    • Follow-up and ongoing care. Our wound care centercardiac rehabilitation program and diabetes wellness program are all available to treat PVD-related conditions such as non-healing wounds and varicose veins.
    • Vascular disease education, screenings and support. A wide range of screenings, classes and support groups are available to patients and the community.
  • Talk to Your Doctor About PVD

    Talk to Your Doctor About PVD Symptoms

    If you have been told you have PVD or are concerned about your symptoms or risk factors, it's time to talk with your doctor about treatment and how the St. Anthony Hospital Vascular Program can help you manage your disease.

    We look forward to helping you manage your PVD to keep your life on course.

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