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Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD)

Limb Ischemia and Vascular Excellence

Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD) is the broad term used to describe circulation disorders that affect the blood vessels outside the heart and brain. PVD most commonly affects the arteries and veins of the legs, arms and organs of the abdomen.

The Limb Ischemia & Vascular Excellence (L.I.V.E.) program at the hospitals of Community Healthcare System offers a multidisciplinary approach utilizing the expertise of endovascular and certified wound specialists, infectious disease physicians, podiatrists and vascular surgeons. Our team uses a timely, highly-effective course of care to prevent lower limb loss and promote wound healing.

Partners in care

Our L.I.V.E. team is led by board-certified interventional cardiologists. In addition, Peripheral Vascular Coordinators work with patients and caregivers to help them navigate through the entire continuum of care. Peripheral Vascular Coordinators are registered nurses specializing in PVD, who work collaboratively with patients, caregivers and members of the L.I.V.E team.

Coordinators organize screening and educational events throughout the community

Common conditions of PVD:

Our L.I.V.E. team helps diagnose and treat a wide variety of vascular conditions, including:

Advances in the Treatment of PAD

Peripheral Arterial Disease or PAD is a condition is caused by a narrowing of blood flow to the arms and legs, and if left untreated, can result in chronic pain, ulcers, gangrene and even amputation. PAD can significantly increase your risk for heart attack and stroke. If you have one or more of the risk factors for PAD - cigarette smoking, diabetes, obesity, physical inactivity and/or high cholesterol - and have concerns about pain in your lower legs, be assured that you can turn to the hospitals of Community Healthcare System for the latest advances in the treatment of this disease.

Diagnosing PAD

A simple non-invasive screening called an Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI) can detect PAD and involves blood pressure readings in the arms and legs to check for blockages in circulation. If further testing is required after an abnormal screening result, an Arterial Doppler test may be scheduled by your physician that uses sound waves to check for any obstruction to blood flow.

If the Arterial Doppler indicates that the blood flow in a patient's leg is obstructed, the physician may order an Angiogram. During an angiogram, a substance that can be seen under an X-ray is injected into the leg and pictures are taken to define the exact location of the obstruction as well as the surrounding circulation.

PAD Rehabilitation

Exercise therapy has been proven to help some of the painful symptoms of PAD, as well as increase overall cardiovascular health. Our PAD Rehabilitation program is designed to improve walking endurance for daily activities and provides appropriate peripheral and cardiovascular education and assist with risk factor reduction to help prevent future problems. The program is offered through Phase 3 Cardiac Rehabilitation at the hospitals of Community Healthcare System.

Advanced Treatment Options:

  • Revascularization Treatments
  • Angioplasty
  • Stenting
  • Endovascular stenting of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA)
  • Atherectomy to clear plaque from vessels
  • Thrombectomy for clot removal
  • Radio frequency ablation for varicose veins
  • Surgical revascularization
  • Wound Healing/Podiatry Treatments
  • Arterial and venous ulcer care
  • Diabetic foot ulcer and infection care
  • Compression therapy for edema and swelling
  • Debridement and pulse lavage for cleansing
  • Negative pressure wound therapy
  • Surgical podiatry procedures

To learn more call:

Community Hospital
901 MacArthur Blvd.
Munster, IN 46321
219-703-LIMB (5462)

St. Catherine Hospital
4321 Fir St.
East Chicago, IN 46312
219-392-7938

St. Mary Medical Center
1500 S. Lake Park Ave.
Hobart, IN 46342
219-703-LIVE (5483)