Peripheral Vascular Disease


What you need to know about peripheral vascular disease

Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) is a circulation disorder of the legs and sometimes the arms. You may have symptoms of numbness or pain in these extremities. The biggest risk factors for PVD or cardiovascular disease include cigarette smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes and physical inactivity.

Coronary artery disease (CAD) and peripheral vascular disease (PVD) often go hand in hand. The processes that lead to coronary atherosclerosis can lead to the same problem in the peripheral arteries. Patients who have evidence of CAD should be carefully evaluated for PVD. Similarly, PVD could be indicative of CAD.

Complete care for heart patients

Cardiac and coronary problems are best-treated by a board-certified cardiologist. Yet, these conditions can also impact the vasculature. For instance, patients who have suffered a heart attack frequently have significant atherosclerosis (artery hardening) elsewhere. Dr. Zambito screens patients who may be at risk. He focuses on the whole patient and the entire cardiovascular system and not just the patient’s heart health.

For those patients who need intervention, Dr. Zambito’s skill and experience with percutaneous procedures enables him to perform minimally invasive interventions that might otherwise have been done surgically (which can expose patients to increased risk).