What is Poor Circulation?

Poor circulation occurs when there is inadequate blood flow to certain parts of your body, and is common for persons with diabetes. The way your blood flows is via your arteries and veins, which are responsible for delivering blood throughout your body and returning it back to your heart. As we age, plaque may buildup in our arteries, which can make them become clogged or blocked, otherwise known as atherosclerosis or vascular disease. When that happens, a number of health problems can take place, including Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD).

Continue reading to learn more about poor circulation and PAD, including: the risk factors and symptoms, what causes these conditions, the diabetes connection, warning signs to watch out for in your loved ones, treatment options and preventative measures you can take. You can also learn if you’re at risk by taking our quiz!

If you have the following, you are at risk for PAD

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(current or former)

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High Blood Pressure

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Personal/Family History of Heart Attack or Stroke

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High Cholesterol

*If you are over 50 years old, are experiencing leg pain, and have one or more of the risk factors above, you should consider requesting an appointment for a P.A.D. screening*

Plaque buildup limits blood flow and circulation

Get screened today! It’s simple and painless to get screened for PAD (Peripheral Artery Disease)

Why Choose PVA?

PVA’s highly trained physicians have helped thousands of PAD patients, offering the latest treatments available. We specialize in diagnosing and treating patients with every type of vascular disease, and we are dedicated to providing personalized and comprehensive care to every patient. It’s why we’re the region’s leaders in vascular care.

From prevention to life-saving procedures, trust the highly-specialized physicians at PVA for the expert and compassionate care you and your loved ones deserve. 15 state-of-the-art locations across San Antonio and South Texas, plus convenient virtual telemedicine appointments

Are you or a loved one experiencing symptoms or risk factors of poor circulation, or vascular disease?

Are you at risk for PAD?

Do you have a slow or non-healing wound on your foot?

Do you have diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, or a family history of vascular disease?

Do you have leg pain with walking that goes away at rest?

Do you have pain in your foot or toes, even at rest?

Have you been told by another physician that you have leg circulation problems?

Have you already been diagnosed with Peripheral Artery Disease (P.A.D.)?

If you are a diabetic over 50 years old, and you have one or more of the symptoms or risk factors noted above,

contact the vascular experts at PVA for a circulation evaluation.

Request an Appointment

Visit us at one of our 15 convenient locations throughout San Antonio and across South Texas, or enjoy a virtual telemedicine appointment in the comfort of your home. Appointments are readily available.

Leg Pain

Why should I be concerned about leg pain? There are many causes for leg pain, but one of the main reasons is poor circulation, or Peripheral Artery Disease (P.A.D.), which can lead to numerous health conditions or worsen those you already have. P.A.D.

Peripheral Arterial Disease (P.A.D.)

In its simplest form P.A.D. means that blood is not flowing normally through your arteries.  P.A.D. can also be referred to as peripheral vascular disease, atherosclerosis, hardening of arteries or lack of circulation to extremities. But most often P.A.D. manifests itself through leg pain.

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Founded in 1975, Peripheral Vascular Associates (PVA) has now become one of the largest vascular groups in the nation. Our team of physicians, staff, and administrators all work together to ensure that we provide the best vascular care for every patient, every day. We are committed to educating the community about vascular diseases, their causes, symptoms, and treatments that are available to you. Make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel for the latest news in vascular health.

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