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Peripheral Venous Disease Symptoms

Peripheral venous disease symptoms do not occur in approximately half the patients who have this condition. Peripheral venous disease (PVD), a circulatory disorder in which the veins that carry blood from the hands and feet to the heart become damaged or blocked, can occur anywhere in the body. However, it most often affects the arms and legs, and is commonly caused by a blood clot.

For patients who do experience noticeable symptoms of PVD, the first sign of the disease is usually discomfort in the location of the clot. Other common peripheral venous disease symptoms may include:

  • Warmth at the area of the clot
  • Redness over the affected vein
  • Swelling over the affected vein

More specifically, when a clot occurs in the legs, symptoms can include:

  • Pain that occurs when walking or climbing stairs but decreases during times of rest
  • Itchiness
  • A feeling of heaviness, throbbing, or aching in the legs
  • One or both feet feel cold
  • One or both feet change color

To schedule an appointment with the Heart and Vascular Institute, call 813-844-3900 or email

If you have or think you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to schedule an appointment with a qualified physician who can properly diagnose peripheral venous disease. Usually a simple blood pressure and heart examination is enough to diagnose PVD, but additional procedures are sometimes necessary to come to a conclusive diagnosis. If you have to undergo additional tests, they may include duplex ultrasound imaging, a venogram, or a VQ scan, which is a test used to find clots in the lungs.

Tampa General Hospital provides patients who have PVD and other vascular conditions with innovative treatment options. Our heart and vascular institute contains six cardiac catheterization laboratories and seven interventional radiology suites, along with 47 pre- and post-procedure rooms, all of which have been designed to provide patients with an optimal level of comfort and care.