A very common circulatory problem that prevents your arteries from supplying your limbs with blood, peripheral vascular disease can eventually lead to a heart attack, stroke and limb amputation if left untreated. Using a holistic, whole-patient approach, we’re able to relieve your symptoms and halt the progression of the disease, restoring your optimal overall health.
I was shocked to learn that my leg pain meant I had PVD – a disease I’d never even heard of. Thankfully, Dr. Jacobs helped me get the condition under control without medicine. Now, not only do I feel better than ever, but I also have peace of mind knowing that my health is in good hands at Unison.
What is Peripheral vascular disease (pvd)?
Peripheral vascular disease, also known as PVD, develops when blood vessels become narrowed, usually due to a build-up of plaque. This plaque prevents the arteries from supplying the legs with blood and oxygen, causing pain in your legs and feet that worsens with physical activity. As the condition progresses, the pain will occur even when you’re at rest, and may be severe enough to disrupt your sleep. In addition, PVD can cause a number of other uncomfortable symptoms, including:
- Numbness or weakness in the leg
- Skin changes
- Coldness in the leg and foot
- Slow leg hair and toenail growth
- Persistent sores on the legs
It’s important to treat peripheral vascular disease as soon as possible, as the condition can lead to a number of serious complications, including blood clots, a heart attack, stroke, heart disease and limb amputation.
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A holistic approach to peripheral vascular disease
In treating peripheral vascular disease for our Los Angeles patients, we have two primary objectives: to relieve your symptoms so you can lead an active life and prevent the disease from worsening.
To achieve these goals, we’ll combine eastern and western medicine, along with lifestyle changes that are proven to have a positive impact on PVD. To begin, we’ll advise you to stop smoking, lose weight, adopt a healthy diet and begin a routine exercise program. In addition to these important changes, acupuncture can improve the health of those suffering with PVD, and certain herbal supplements can both relieve your symptoms and help lessen the severity of your condition.
For most of our patients, these lifestyle changes and alternative therapies are all they need to experience profound symptom relief and prevent their peripheral vascular disease from progressing.
However, if you are unable to commit to this treatment plan, or it simply doesn’t work for you, there are traditional medications you can take. In these cases, Dr. Jacobs may prescribe medicine that can relieve your symptoms and address related conditions by lowering your cholesterol, controlling your blood pressure and maintaining your blood sugar levels.
Although medications are very effective in controlling PVD, at Unison we truly believe in the power of a holistic, lifestyle approach. As such, we’re committed to helping you make the necessary lifestyle adjustments, so you’re not only masking the symptoms associated with your PVD – you’re resolving the condition and improving your overall health.
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