At Stanford, specialists at our Women’s Heart Health Clinic specifically focus on the health needs of women with PVD. We have vast experience successfully treating the disease and maintaining your best quality of life.
We recognize the unique concerns that women face, including:
At many other hospitals, doctors may not consider PVD testing in women, because historically, the condition was thought to affect men more than women. However, increasing research has shown that postmenopausal women have the same risk of the disease as men.
If PVD is overlooked, you may not receive the correct diagnosis, which could delay critical treatment. At Stanford, our doctors actively look for and successfully diagnose PVD in women using the latest noninvasive tests and technology.
Many women with peripheral vascular disease receive the diagnosis later in life when the disease is more advanced. At that point, PVD may affect multiple limbs, and the risk for heart attack and stroke is greater.
In advanced stages of PVD, women may not respond as well to treatment. That’s why we take a multidisciplinary approach to treating PVD here at Stanford. We bring together specialists from cardiology, orthopaedics, electrophysiology, and vascular surgery, among others, to determine the best care and treatment plan for you.
In general, the treatment options for PVD in men and women are the same: lifestyle modifications, medications, and surgery. To customize care for women, we may have to use a different combination of treatment options. Because women have smaller arteries and veins than men, we use special tools to treat women surgically. We also have ongoing clinical trials to help us learn more about how PVD affects women and the best treatment options for them.