Fatty plaque build-up in the body’s blood vessels – known as vascular disease – can lead to serious disability, stroke, aneurysms, or even death. Vascular disease often has no symptoms but can be easily detected and often effectively treated.
At The Heart and Vascular Care Center and the Non-Invasive Vascular Laboratory at White Memorial, a team of cardiologists, neurologists, radiologists, sonographers and vascular surgeons provide screenings and treatment with the latest technology. They specialize in angiography, angioplasty, venography, repair of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, carotid endarterectomy, and peripheral vascular disease procedures.
In order to achieve accurate diagnoses and excellent outcomes, our team of vascular specialists works closely together to evaluate each patient and refer the patient to the appropriate specialist if follow-up treatment is needed. Our vascular care program provides screenings, diagnostic testing and treatment of vascular disease.
Conditions We Treat
Types of Vascular Disease
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)
An aneurysm is a swelling of a blood vessel, usually from plaque buildup. AAA is an aneurysm that forms on the abdominal aorta, the body’s largest blood vessel. This weakened area can eventually tear or rupture, resulting in serious internal bleeding or death. If an AAA ruptures, the mortality rate is as high as 80 percent, with many people not surviving long enough to reach a hospital.
Carotid Artery Disease
This occurs when the arteries in the neck become blocked with plaque. If the blockage is serious enough, blood flow to the brain is compromised and stroke may occur. Stroke is the leading cause of disability in the U.S., and the third-leading cause of death.
Peripheral Vascular Disease
This disease affects the vessels that pump blood to the arms and legs. This occurs when plaque buildup causes a blockage in these arteries. If not treated early, it can lead to serious disability, or even amputation.
Treatments We Offer
Vascular Disease Treatments and Procedures
Once vascular disease has been detected, there are several treatment options available. The type of treatment depends on each person’s individual diagnosis. The treatments include:
Interventional Radiology can be an alternative to surgery for some people. Various technologies are used to open blocked arteries and veins.
These techniques include carotid angioplasty, in which a balloon and stent are inserted into the carotid artery in the neck to promote blood flow around the blockage. The same technique may be used for peripheral vascular disease. A balloon catheter is inserted into the blocked artery, and the balloon is inflated inside the artery so blood flow can resume.
A vascular stent is inserted to hold the artery open. These procedures are performed in the cardiac catheterization laboratory. For more information about these techniques, visit our Patient Education webpages.
Surgery is often needed to treat an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA). The surgery repairs the artery wall. Surgery is also sometimes needed to treat carotid artery disease, particularly when treatment with a stent has not been successful. The carotid artery is opened and repaired with sutures or a graft. Surgery may also be needed to treat more severe cases of peripheral vascular disease. It usually consists of bypassing the blockage in a peripheral blood vessel to restore blood flow.
View a complete list of our Vascular Care Services.