Inflammation is the complex biological response of vascular tissues to harmful stimuli, such as pathogens, damaged cells, or irritants. It is a protective attempt by the body to remove the injurious stimuli as well as initiate the healing process for the tissue.
It is, however, emerging as a key contributor to many vascular diseases and plays a major role in autoimmune diseases, arthritis, allergic reactions and cancer.
Raynaud’s disease affects the blood vessels of the fingers, toes, and occasionally the lips, nose and ears. It is most commonly seen in the fingers. A narrowing of the blood vessels, called vasospasm, can cause a decreased blood flow to the area. During this episode the affected area may become white and then blue in color. It may feel numb or throb. When Raynaud’s episodes occur frequently or last for long periods of time, the fingers or affected area can develop gangrene.
Vascular Health Partners can help you manage your inflammatory disease. Call our office to schedule an appointment with one of our vascular specialists, (518) 782-3900.
Signs & Symptoms of Inflammatory Disease
- Episodic cold, white, gray, or blue color changes of the affected area when exposed to cold temperatures or stress
- Throbbing, numbness, tingling of area when the color returns
Our vascular surgeons treat patients with inflammatory disease in locations across the Capital Region, NY. Contact us at (518) 782-3900 for more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Manish Mehta, Dr. Philip Paty, Dr. Zachary Kostun, Dr. Priya Jayakumar or other members of our vascular surgery team.