Vascular Disease

Lower extremity peripheral arterial disease (PAD) affects approximately 1 in 10 of the Americans.

Peripheral Arterial (Vascular) Disease (or PAD/PVD)

Peripheral Arterial (Vascular) Disease (or PAD/PVD), is a common condition where narrowed arteries in the leg or legs prevent regular blood flow. This usually causes pain and/or cramping in the muscles of the hip, thigh or calf when walking or exercising. The pain can go away when resting, but will return with exercise and movement. If left untreated, the narrowed arteries prevent blood flow to the leg or legs, and can essentially “choke” the leg. This can cause the skin to change color, difficulty walking, ulcers and sores on the leg and foot, and lead to gangrene and possible amputation.

Venous insufficiency / Varicose veins

Venous insufficiency occurs when the valves in the veins are not functioning properly (or insufficient), and the blood which should be going back to the heart pools in the legs. This can also be caused by compression of veins in the pelvis, which causes back-pressure. These conditions result in back-pressure in the veins, which causes spider veins, varicose veins, swelling, skin discoloration, and in more severe cases, ulceration.

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot which forms within the deep veins of the leg (AKA thrombus), which usually results from slow blood flow in the legs, and sometimes from blood clotting disorders. Slow flow is caused by sitting for long periods of time without movement or exercise, which is why people often get these on long airline flights or road trips. Common symptoms include:
  • Pain in the leg, foot or calf
  • Swelling in the leg
  • Tenderness
  • Warm skin

Vascular Malformation

“Vascular Malformation” is a general term that refers to a number of abnormalities resulting from abnormal development in blood vessels, veins and/or arteries. They often affect the proper function of the area by causing:
  • physical disfiguration
  • pain
  • swelling
  • bleeding

Other Conditions

  • Arterial Treatments
  • Angiography
  • Angioplasty
  • Stent Placement

American Heart & Vascular Institute

5292 College Dr #201, Murray, Utah 84123
Phone: +1 (801) 215-9011
Fax: +1 (419) 273-0707