The Vascular Institute team is experienced in treating every type of vascular and cardiovascular condition, from aortic anueryms to venous ulcers.
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) and Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm (TAA)
A bulge in a section of the aorta, the body’s main artery. Though they may take years to form, aortic aneurysms often have no obvious symptoms, yet can be serious and life-threatening if they rupture. When and if they do appear, symptoms can include chest, back and belly pain or discomfort.
Carotid Artery Disease (CAD)
A build-up of plaque in the carotid artery (in the neck), which causes a narrowing (stenosis) that restricts blood flow to the brain. CAD is a significant risk factor for stroke, which can often occur with little or no warning. Symptoms, if they do occur, may present as temporary cerebral “events” due to a brief blockage of a brain vessel, amd may involve slurred speech; numbness or weakness on one side of the body; or short-term loss of vision in one eye. Learn more about stroke.
Pain caused by too little blood flow during exercise. Claudication is technically a symptom of a disease, most often peripheral vascular disease, which is a potentially serious, but treatable circulation problem.
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
The formation of a clot in a vein deep in the leg. In the event that the clot breaks loose and travels through the heart to become trapped in the lung (a pulmonary embolism), the consequences are potentially fatal. DVT can also damage a valve in the vein, leading to a chronic, difficult-to-treat condition called venous stasis disease. Learn more about DVT.
Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD)
A build-up of plaque in the arteries delivering blood to the extremities (legs, feet, arms and hands). It is the vascular disease most likely to produce noticeable symptoms, which may include:
The formation of a clot and inflammation within a vein, often caused by long periods of inactivity (sitting or lying down for an extended length of time) or by some forms of cancer. Phlebitis is a more serious form of vascular disease and may require hospitalization, medication, or both.
Renal Artery Disease (RAD)
A build-up of plaque in the renal artery (leading to the kidneys), which causes a narrowing (stenosis) that restricts blood flow to the kidneys. Typically, there are no symptoms of the narrowing of renal arteries, but the condition may lead to kidney failure, and in some cases may be the cause of high blood pressure.
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
A group of disorders that occur when the blood vessels or nerves in the space between your collarbone and your first rib (thoracic outlet) become compressed. This can cause pain in your shoulders and neck and numbness in your fingers. Common causes include physical trauma from a car accident, repetitive injuries from job- or sports-related activities, certain anatomical defects (such as having an extra rib), and pregnancy.
Enlarged veins that are visible through the skin and may appear as blue or purple twisted, knot-like cords. Varicose veins can occur anywhere in the body, but are more commonly found on the legs due to increased blood pressure inside the superficial leg veins. They generally do not lead to more serious problems.
A condition in which the veins have problems sending blood from the legs back to the heart. Symptoms can include dull, aching, heaviness, or cramping in legs; itching/tingling; and pain that gets worse when standing.
Open sores in the skin caused by long-term, untreated venous insufficiency, often appearing just above the ankle or inside the leg. If untreated, they can become quickly infected or even gangrenous.