What Causes Purple Discoloration On The Legs?
I have been to several Drs and had a ton of blood work which was all normal. I had a vascular ultrasound of the legs and an ankle brachial index and they were clear. I had a nuclear stress test, Echo cardio gram, and CTA. the Echo and CTA were clear. I do have frequent PVCs and slight bradychardia.
what could possibly be the cause?
Welcome and thanks for your query.
I understand your concern.
The reason for your legs turning purple is due to decreased venous return from your legs leading to pooling of blood in your veins and capillaries. This can be due to several reasons like decreased venous tone, incompetent valves in the veins, obesity or even wearing of clothes that are tight at the abdomen. The decreased venous return can lead to decreased blood supply to the brain leading to dizziness.
Are you on any medicines for your PVCs? If so let me know what you are on. Some medicines can decrease the pumping action of the heart . The circulation can be further hampered by bradycardia.
Do get back with your input.
is there a way to test for the valves not functioning properly? Or a treatment?
Venous doppler is good for checking for a clot but may not reveal an incompetent valve. venogram may be done.
Wear loose clothes, avoid prolonged standing and contract your calf muscles while standing to promote blood flow.
Ginkgobiloba is a herbal preparation which increases blood flow and if you believe in herbal medicines, you could try it.