PVD: Know the Symptoms of this Disease You’re at Risk of as You Age

A physician checking for vascular disease symptomsThere are diseases you become more prone to as you age. Keep track of your health and be aware of the symptoms and treatment of one of these diseases.

What is PVD?

Venous peripheral vascular disease or PVD are diseases of the vessels of the blood you can find outside the brain and heart. This condition may develop when the veins in the organs, arms, or legs become partially or completely blocked.

This prevents the delivery of sufficient oxygen and nutrients to the body.

Is it serious?

PVD is more serious than you think. It not only prevents adequate blood flow for the proper functioning of the organs, but it also increases an individual’s risk of heart attack, stroke, and other major health problems.

Who are at risk for PVD?

PVD affects around 10 million adults in the U.S. People are more at risk of acquiring this disease as they age. It most often occurs in older persons such as those above 50 years old. However, there are other risk factors for PVD aside from aging. Here are some of them:

Smoking. People who smoke are more likely to acquire PVD. Smoking causes a buildup of monoxide that reduces oxygen in the blood, damaging the lining of the blood vessels.

Overweight or obesity. Being overweight or obese contributes to other risk factors such as high blood pressure and diabetes.

Inactive lifestyle. Regular exercise can ensure the overall health of blood vessels and the heart. Without it, there is an increased risk of developing PVD.

Who are at its symptoms?

Here are the two common symptoms:

Pain. One of the most common symptoms is a pain in your legs, such as in your calves, hips, or thighs. You feel the pain when walking or going up a flight of stairs since the demand of the muscles for blood and oxygen increase while doing so.

Muscle Cramps. The blood vessels in your legs are blocked, leg pain at night is typical. The individual also hangs down the feet to ease whatever pain he or she is feeling.

What is its treatment?

If you gauge yourself showing the symptoms mentioned above, have an appointment with the doctor right away. If you have PVD, you can undergo medication or surgical procedures for venous diseases. This will depend on the treatment prescribed by the doctor regarding your condition.

It is important to stay informed about this disease, which you may be at risk of as you age. Avoid its causes and assess yourself early on for its symptoms, to prevent or have it treated right away.