Understanding and ICD-10 Code For Peripheral Vascular Disease

June 9, 2017

There are a lot of diseases that we probably do not know all of them. All diseases have been coded in a cataloging system called ICD-10. ICD-10 stands for International Classification of Diseases Tenth Edition. Then, ICD-10 code for peripheral vascular disease is I73.9. This code listed in Chapter 9 section I70-I79. ICD-10 code for peripheral vascular disease is written as other peripheral vascular diseases.

So, what is peripheral vascular disease? Peripheral vascular disease or PVD in short is a blood circulation disorders. It causes the blood vessels outside of the heart and brain to narrow, spasm or even block so the blood flow decreases.

Causes of Peripheral Vascular Disease

Most common causes of PVD are emotional stress, cold temperatures, drugs and operating vibrating machinery or tools. In some cases, PVD can be organic. It means that there is change in the structure of a person’s blood vessels. This organic PVD can cause by smoking, diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. In addition, the peripheral vascular disease patients may experience extreme injuries, muscles or ligaments with abnormal structures, infection and blood vessel inflammation.

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Symptoms of peripheral vascular disease

Most common early symptoms are fatigue, discomfort feeling, and cramping in your legs and feet. Other symptoms that you may experience are reduced hair growth, cramps when lying in bed, thin or pale skin, weak pulses, wounds, blue color of toes, severe burning, thick and opaque toe nails and feel numb or heavy. Call a doctor as soon as possible if you are experiencing these symptoms.

Risk Factors for peripheral vascular disease

Check if you are the one in the high risk of PVD or not. Some risk factors for PVD include:

  • Overweight
  • Over age 50
  • Abnormal cholesterol
  • A history of cerebrovascular disease or stroke
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • A family history of PVD, high cholesterol or high blood pressure
  • High blood pressure
  • Kidney disease
  • Smoking
  • Poor eating habits
  • Drug use
  • Not engaging in physical exercise

Prevention the peripheral vascular disease

A healthy lifestyle is vital. This is also the way to prevent the PVD. Here are some things that you can do.

  • Avoiding smoking
  • Do exercise about 30 minutes a day, five times a week
  • Controlling your blood sugar if you have diabetes and controlling your blood pressure if you have hypertension.
  • Eating a healthy diet.
  • Keeping your weight at a healthy level.
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