Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) refers to diseases of blood vessels outside the heart and brain. It’s often a narrowing of vessels that carry blood to the legs, arms, stomach or kidneys.
The focus of the OSF HealthCare Cardiovascular Institute is on improving quality of life for patients with vascular disease. The main goals for treatment of PVD are to control the symptoms and halt the progression of the disease to lower the risk for heart attack, stroke, and other complications.
Our staff will help patients manage symptoms by adjusting medications to achieve optimal medical therapy. Patient status can be evaluated by the latest in noninvasive monitoring. The OSF HealthCare Cardiovascular Institute also provides patients with referrals for surgery when appropriate. Patient education is a major emphasis because it enables patients to deal with the lifestyle modifications necessary to live with this chronic condition.
PVD can be an ongoing chronic medical condition requiring careful monitoring and frequent modifications of the medical program. The OSF HealthCare Cardiovascular Institute is staffed by cardiologists and nurse practitioners, assisted by nurses with special training in PVD who are expert in the diagnosis and treatment of this condition.
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