Legs Feeling Heavy? It May Be a Problem With Your Veins

Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) includes numerous conditions that affect the health of your blood vessels. It can cause a variety of symptoms, including the sense of leg heaviness. Early diagnosis and treatment for PVD can prevent serious health complications related to these circulatory issues.

Michael F. Gioscia of Vein Institute of Westchester  in White Plains, New York, is a Board-Certified surgeon with vascular fellowship training. He provides highly effective, nonsurgical and surgical treatments for issues related to peripheral vascular disease.

Read what he has to say about symptoms in your legs that may signal a problem with your veins.

Understanding PVD

Peripheral vascular disease is an umbrella term for several conditions that affect the health of your arteries and veins. Arteries are the blood vessels that carry oxygenated and nutrient-rich blood from your heart to your organs. Veins are the vessels that transport blood back to the heart.

Conditions linked to PVD include:

PVD most commonly affects veins and arteries in the legs but can occur in other locations such as the lower abdomen/pelvis, which can lead to a painful condition known as pelvic congestion syndrome. 

Symptoms of PVD

Depending on the condition, symptoms of PVD can vary. Leg symptoms may include:

Early PVD symptoms are often subtle, but tend to worsen as the disease progresses.

Who is at risk for PVD?

Risk factors for developing PVD include:

Individuals such as teachers and others who spend long periods of their work day standing are also at risk for developing varicose veins and other circulatory issues.

Treating PVD

At Vein Institute of Westchester, Dr. Gioscia provides proven-successful personalized treatments for for PVD that include:

For an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment of PVD, schedule a visit at Vein Institute of Westchester today. Call our office or request an appointment online.

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