Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) is a form of atherosclerosis that occurs when your arteries fail to bring enough blood to your lower body. PVD is used to reference any vascular disease that does not directly affect the heart or brain.
Although many of the people who have PVD do not suffer from any symptoms, there are some symptoms that may indicate PVD. Pain, numbness, tingling or weakness in your legs or feet when walking or exercising, an aching pain in your feet or toes while at rest, a leg or foot sore that will not heal, and legs or feet that are cold or change in color may be signs of PVD. Experiencing painful symptoms while resting indicates a more serious problem.
This exam visualizes any plaque formation in the main arteries that deliver blood to the brain. It is important to note that carotid artery blockage is one of the major causes of stroke.
By using Doppler ultrasound and blood pressure measurements we can detect plaque buildup in the arteries of the legs (poor circulation).
Since Medicare and most insurance companies will not pay for screening services the Acadiana Vascular Center does not file insurance claims for these tests. Each exam costs only $45, or have all three vascular screening exams done for only $99.00. A physician's order is not required to for these exams and your results will be mailed to both you and your physician.Contact our office to arrange an appointment.