Critical Limb Care Services

Critical Limb Care ServicesOne in 20 Americans over the age of 50 have peripheral vascular disease (PVD), with the number increasing to about four in 20 Americans by the time they reach the age of 65. Peripheral vascular disease occurs when fatty deposits, called plaque, build up along the walls of blood vessels, restricting blood flow. Left untreated, PVD can lead to a serious condition called critical limb ischemia, which occurs when a severe obstruction in the arteries decreases blood flow to the hands, feet and legs, and causes severe pain, skin ulcers or sores. Amputation of a limb, or even death, can result if critical limb ischemia is left untreated.

Signs of Possible PVD

Many people with PVD do not experience any signs or symptoms, but signs of possible PVD include:

  • Cramps in the leg muscles (calf, thighs or buttocks) during activity, such as walking or climbing stairs.
  • Sores or wounds on toes, feet or legs.
  • One leg feels noticeably colder than the other leg.
  • Discolored skin on the foot or leg.

Who Is At Risk

The major risks factors for PVD are age, family history, smoking and having one or more of a number of medical conditions, including:

  • Diabetes.
  • High blood pressure.
  • High cholesterol levels.
  • Heart disease.
  • Personal or family history of stroke.

Diagnosing PVD

Patients who are at risk for developing PVD, or may be experiencing signs of possible PVD should call the Critical Limb Care Services at Manatee Memorial Hospital to schedule an appointment for an initial consultation.

During an initial consultation, if an artery blockage is found, the doctor will order tests to assess the extent of damage and guide treatment with the goal of preserving limb functions.

Tests used to screen patients:

Doctors use angiograms to look at the arteries or veins in the head, arms, legs, chest, back or abdomen. This X-ray test makes an image of blood flow in an artery.

ABI Arterial Brachial Index
An ankle-brachial index (ABI) is a simple test that can help diagnose peripheral arterial disease (PAD). This test shows how well blood flows through limbs by comparing blood pressure in your ankle to blood pressure in your arm. Although ABI can show whether PAD is affecting your limbs, it won't show which blood vessels are narrowed or blocked.

Arterial Ultrasound Test
An ultrasound uses sound waves to show any blockages in blood vessels. An arterial ultrasound test uses a blood pressure cuff and a special device that measures blood flow in the veins and arteries of the limbs.

Ultrasound Segmental Pressures
This test evaluates how well arteries are circulating blood in your legs. It helps doctors assess flow patterns and systolic pressure to help them determine the presence and extent of arterial disease.

Provides patients with an individualized approach to heart care, including assessment, diagnosis, planning, intervention and evaluation.
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Nine out of 10 cases of PVD go untreated. Don't stay in the dark — call Manatee Memorial's Critical Limb Care Services at (941) 745-7572 for more information.

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Critical Limb Care Services at Manatee Memorial Hospital provides comprehensive vascular care including diagnosis, testing, consultation and treatment.

If you think you may be experiencing symptoms of possible vascular disease, call (941) 745-7572 to make an appointment for a physician consultation and assessment.

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Learn More About Peripheral Vascular Disease and Critical Limb Ischemia

American Heart Association

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute

Vascular Disease Foundation

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