PAD and Venous Disease: knowing the difference


Baton Rouge, LA (NBC33/Fox44)

In last week’s Heartbeat Report, we focused on Peripheral Artery Disease.
While symptoms of PAD, can include pain, numbness, or heaviness in the legs, those same symptoms can also be a sign of Venous Disease. So how do you know if there’s something wrong and if there is, whether it’s one or the other?

With Venous Disease, experts say, there are often other telltale symptoms, like spider veins, or varicose veins. And doctors with the Cardiovascular Institute of the South say the timing of your leg discomfort can be a big clue.

“Leg pains that are associated with venous disease tend to happen more at the end of the day,” according to Dr. Amit Patel. “If you’ve been on your feet all day long, especially in the night time, you know, when you’re sitting down watching tv, that’s when the legs get heavy and numb and start hurting.”

For more information on Venous Disease and PAD, visit the CIS website. Simply click on the “conditions” tab when you get there.

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Cardiovascular Institute of the South was founded in 1983 by Dr. Craig Walker, who first established the company as a one-physician practice in Houma, Louisiana. Driven by a desire to serve and heal people in his community, Dr. Walker envisioned CIS as a leader in the development of new techniques and technologies in the treatment of both coronary and peripheral artery diseases.

Today, CIS continues to grow and expand to multiple locations striving to make the most advanced cardiovascular care accessible to a wide spectrum of communities across Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi. We believe that our unwavering dedication to the CIS mission of providing the highest quality cardiovascular care has truly been the cornerstone of this successful growth.

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