Peripheral Vascular

Peripheral Vascular Disease involves the arteries, veins and lymphatic's in the arms or legs. It is easier to diagnose peripheral vascular problems as the extremities are more accessible.

 

Peripheral Vascular Disease involves the arteries, veins and lymphatic's in the arms or legs. It is easier to diagnose peripheral vascular problems as the extremities are more accessible.

Venography and Doppler Ultrasound are just two of the tests used clinically to assess the veins and arteries. Visual examination, temperature changes within the legs, swelling, presence of phlebitis, ulcers and absent pulses, all help build up a clinical picture of the presence of vascular disease. Treatment depends entirely on the cause, sometimes-involving medication or surgery.

Peripheral Vascular disease is frequently a problem seen in Diabetic patients, who require regular check ups. The lower limbs are particularly susceptible, and can involve problems with the feet, hence regular examination are offered in chiropody clinics where pedal pulses as well as sensory changes are checked. Diabetics are also prone to changes in the eyes due to vascular disease, and are offered similar check ups on the NHS.

Another problem seen in the legs due to vascular disease is known as Intermittent Claudicating, for further details see under section Intermittent Claudicating.

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