Understanding Peripheral Vascular Disease

More than 10 million Americans are impacted by peripheral vascular disease (PVD). This common circulatory condition affects the vessels that supply blood to the limbs. Fatty deposits, or plaque, that build up in the veins and arteries often cause PVD. This build-up blocks normal blood flow and can reduce circulation to the legs, arms, stomach, or kidneys, in addition to increasing the risk for heart attack or stroke.

Are You One of the Millions?

If you think you may have PVD or be at risk, ask yourself if you ever experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Foot pain at rest
  • Muscle weakness in the legs
  • Numbness in the feet or toes
  • Sores on toes, feet or legs that are slow to heal
  • Painful cramping in the calves, thighs, or buttocks during exertion
  • Feet and toes that become pale from exercise or when elevated
  • Inability to balance properly
  • Slow growth of toenails
  • Loss of hair on the feet and toes
  • Feet that turn red when dangled
  • Blue or purple marks on the legs, feet or toes
  • Ulcers on the feet or toes
  • Erectile dysfunction in men
  • Gangrene infection, indicated by black skin on the legs or feet

If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, contact your doctor. For a referral to one of our board-certified physicians, visit our online physician finder or call the BayCare Customer Service Center at (727) 462-7500.

The Morton Plant North Bay Hospital Vascular Program

Educating our patients about the dangers of PVD and other vascular conditions is our top priority.

Conditions associated with PVD that affect the veins include:

  • Varicose veins
  • Chronic venous insufficiency
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • Pulmonary embolism

Conditions associated with PVD that affect the arteries, known as peripheral arterial disease (PAD) include:

  • Aortic aneurysms
  • Arterial blockage
  • Buerger's Disease
  • Raynaud's Phenomenon

Screening and Diagnosis

Our Vascular Program offers an abdominal aortic aneurysm screening to determine your risk for PAD. Specifically, an abdominal aortic aneurysm screening helps determine your risk of an aneurysm forming along the lining of your arterial wall by measuring the size of your abdominal aorta. To schedule a screening, call (727) 461-8555.

Diagnostic procedures for PVD may include any, or a combination, of the following:

  • Angiogram
  • Ankle-brachial index (ABI) 
  • Blood lipid profile 
  • Doppler ultrasound flow studies
  • Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA)
  • Photoplethysmography (PPG)
  • Pulse volume recording (PVR) waveform analysis 
  • Reactive hyperemia test 
  • Segmental blood pressure measurements 
  • Treadmill exercise test  

All screenings and diagnostic exams are conducted by our clinical specialists who work in collaboration with your primary care physician. If a problem is detected, our board-certified vascular surgeons are ready to provide you with expert Morton Plant North Bay treatment and care.


Innovative technology and state-of-the-art equipment help us provide you with the best care possible. We offer:

  • Endovenous laser therapy
  • Peripheral angioplasty
  • Peripheral stenting
  • Heart catheterizations
  • Temporary pacemaker insertions
  • Intra-aortic balloon pump insertions
  • Inferior vena cava filter insertions


Morton Plant North Bay Hospital
6600 Madison St.
New Port Richey, FL 34652
(727) 842-8468
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Morton Plant North Bay Medical Arts Building
6633 Forest Ave., Suite 300
New Port Richey, FL 34653
(727) 815-7335