HMHEB Aims to Curb Pain of Peripheral Vascular Disease 07/16/2002
BEDFORD, Texas — For people with peripheral vascular disease (PVD), something as simple a walking around the grocery store is excruciatingly painful. Harris Methodist H•E•B Hospital wants to change that with a new rehab program designed to target circulation in the legs and lower extremities.
Peripheral vascular disease is similar to coronary artery disease and has the same risk factors, such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Fatty deposits build up along the walls of the arteries and affect circulation, mainly in the legs and lower extremities, causing extreme pain, especially when walking. People who suffer from PVD can become sedentary and unable to perform basic daily functions.
The first program of its kind in the community, PVD rehab will include evaluations, treadmill exercise, educational sessions, medication monitoring, and a test to compare pulse in upper extremities to pulse in lower extremities.