Methodist Healthcare is proud to offer outstanding care for peripheral vascular disease at our Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital, Metropolitan Methodist Hospital and Methodist Stone Oak Hospital locations.

Peripheral vascular disease, commonly known as PVD, refers to diseases of blood vessels outside the heart or brain. Usually marked by a narrowing of vessels, peripheral vascular disease restricts the blood flow to legs, arms or other parts of the body.

Peripheral Artery Disease

Peripheral artery disease, or PAD, is a type of peripheral vascular disease caused by atherosclerosis or plaque deposits in the arteries that inhibit normal blood flow. If left untreated, PAD can cause pain while walking. If PAD continues to be untreated, it can also lead to health complications, like gangrene, or increase health risks, like strokes or heart attacks in the most serious cases.

Other peripheral vascular disease conditions include:

  • Aortoiliac disease
  • Carotid artery occlusive disease
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysms

Choosing a healthier lifestyle can reduce your chances of getting a peripheral vascular disease. You can manage your risk with healthy lifestyle changes, like:

  • Managing diabetes
  • Keeping blood pressure at healthy levels (120/80)
  • Keeping cholesterol at healthy levels (LDL levels less than 100mg/dL)
  • Maintaining a healthy weight (BMI of 18.5 – 24.9)
  • Quitting smoking

    Symptoms of peripheral vascular disease vary by the specific condition:

    Aortoilic disease

    • Weak leg muscles
    • Pain in legs during exercise, or claudication
    • Blue toe syndrome
    • Erectile dysfunction

    Peripheral artery disease

    • Numbness in lower body while walking
    • Slow healing in feet
    • Erectile dysfunction

    Abdominal aortic aneurysms

    • Cold, moist skin
    • Vomiting
    • Rapid heartbeat
    • Severe abdominal pain radiating to the entire lower body

    There are a variety of treatment options available for patients with peripheral vascular disease, ranging from lifestyle changes and home remedies to angioplasties. Quitting smoking, for example, is one of the best things you can do to reduce the risk of further complications.

    Common treatment options for peripheral vascular disease include:

    • Blood pressure medication
    • Blood clot medication
    • Cholesterol-lowering medication
    • Angioplasty
    • Bypass surgery

    Why Methodist Healthcare?

    Methodist Healthcare’s talented physicians have the experience and training to take care of these complicated conditions. With convenient locations in San Antonio and the surrounding area, our vascular surgeons and other physicians are always prepared to provide outstanding vascular care.