Vascular disease affects millions in the U.S. each year. The Bon Secours Heart Team has dedicated vascular specialists providing the most advanced diagnostics and treatment options, including noninvasive techniques that identify poor blood flow in the arms, legs and feet. Board-certified surgeons, cardiologists, internists and nursing staff help improve circulation, leading to less pain and increased mobility.
- Aortic Aneurysm – An aortic aneurysm is caused by an underlying weakness in the wall of the aorta. The aorta can swell, causing discomfort, but the greater concern is the risk of rupture that can cause severe pain, internal hemorrhage and even death.
- Peripheral Vascular Disease – Peripheral vascular disease is a condition in which the same fat buildup that causes coronary artery disease occurs in arteries and veins supplying blood to other areas of the body.
- Deep Vein Thrombosis – Deep vein thrombosis is a blood clot that forms in a vein deep in the body. Blood clots occur when blood thickens and clumps together. Most clots occur in the lower leg or thigh and can break off and travel through the bloodstream and create a blockage in the lungs.
- Varicose Veins – Varicose veins are bulgy, swollen, dark blue or green veins that most often appear on legs. Discoloration is often caused by a damaged or malfunctioning valve, which has allowed blood to collect in the vein causing swelling and the vein to turn darker in color. In many instances, this can cause pain or could be a sign of a more serious vascular issue. Heredity, pregnancy, excessive standing or walking and trauma are all potential causes.
The Bon Secours Heart Team offers a comprehensive set of surgical and nonsurgical diagnostic tests and treatments for vascular conditions. Treatments range from peripheral angioplasty to surgical bypass and more.
Vascular ultrasound is a test that uses high-frequency sound waves to image blood vessels including arteries and veins. This is usually performed if a clot in the vein is suspected. Vascular ultrasounds can be performed to study arteries and veins throughout the body.
Ultrasounds are also used for vein mapping. Patients often have a vein mapping procedure completed before a coronary artery bypass grafting procedure. Vein mapping allows physicians to identify veins that could be used as a replacement for a blocked artery in your heart.