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Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) occurs when your veins or arteries become clogged and start restricting blood flow to the rest of your body. PVD can raise your risk of problems like heart disease, heart attack and stroke. But treatment can help slow the disease and reduce the risk of complications. 

The team at Willis-Knighton Heart & Vascular Institute has years of experience treating PVD and can perform state-of-the-art procedures not available anywhere else in the region.

Here's a look at what we offer.

A team of experts

Your PVD treatment team will include a wide range of specialists, depending on your needs. That might include interventional cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, cardiac nurses and radiology technicians. The members of the team are experts in their field and work closely together to help make sure you get the best care possible.

Accurate diagnosis

Treatment for PVD starts with an accurate diagnosis. Our team will assess your symptoms, such as poor circulation or pain in the arms or legs, and perform any necessary tests to find out what is causing the problem.

Advice about lifestyle changes

For many patients, lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking, eating healthy and getting more exercise, may be recommended to combat PVD. Our cardiac rehab specialists and dietitians can help you build a plan that fits with your schedule and preferences.

State-of-the-art treatments

Our cardiovascular surgeons and interventional cardiologists are highly skilled and stay up-to-date on the groundbreaking technologies that treat PVD. We pride ourselves on being the only team in the region that can perform advanced procedures, such as transcarotid artery revascularization (TCAR).

Some of the other PVD procedures we perform are: