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Peripheral Vascular Disease

Where Compassion Meets Expertise in Cardiology Care


Understanding Peripheral Vascular Disease


Peripheral Vascular Disease, often abbreviated as PVD, is a condition that affects the blood vessels outside the heart and brain, particularly those in the legs and arms. It occurs when these blood vessels become narrowed or blocked by fatty deposits, reducing blood flow to the extremities. This can lead to symptoms such as leg pain, cramping, numbness, and weakness, especially during physical activity.


Without adequate blood flow, tissues in the affected limbs may not receive enough oxygen and nutrients, causing discomfort and increasing the risk of complications such as infections and tissue damage. If left untreated, PVD can significantly impact mobility and quality of life.


Our Services for Peripheral Vascular Disease

At James River Cardiology, we offer a range of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures to effectively manage peripheral vascular disease and improve vascular health. Our team of experienced cardiologists and vascular specialists is dedicated to providing personalized care tailored to each patient's needs. Here are some of the services we offer:


Diagnostic Procedures:

  1. Peripheral Angiography:  A procedure to visualize the blood vessels in the legs or arms using imaging techniques to identify blockages or narrowing caused by PVD.

  2. Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI) Measurement:  A non-invasive test to assess blood flow and detect peripheral artery disease by comparing blood pressure in the arms and ankles.

  3. Duplex Ultrasound:  A painless imaging test that uses sound waves to evaluate blood flow and detect abnormalities in the blood vessels.

Therapeutic Procedures:

  1. Peripheral Angioplasty:  A minimally invasive procedure to widen narrowed or blocked arteries using a balloon catheter to improve blood flow.

  2. Peripheral Stenting:  Placement of a small mesh tube called a stent to support the artery and prevent re-narrowing after angioplasty.

  3. Atherectomy:  A procedure to remove plaque buildup from the artery walls using specialized catheters and devices.


Comprehensive Care for Vascular Health

In addition to these procedures, we provide comprehensive medical management, lifestyle counseling, and peripheral vascular rehabilitation to help patients manage their condition effectively and improve their quality of life. Our team is committed to staying at the forefront of research and innovation in peripheral vascular disease management to offer our patients the best possible care.


If you're experiencing symptoms of peripheral vascular disease or have concerns about your vascular health, don't hesitate to contact us for an evaluation. Together, we can develop a personalized treatment plan to address your needs and optimize your vascular health.

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