Vascular diseases you may know about are:
Carotid Stenosis – this occurs when blood supply to the brain through the carotid arteries is reduced due to narrowing of the arteries, a condition known as atherosclerosis. This is a gradual process brought about by accumulation of plaque that sticks to the artery walls, and can lead to a life-threatening stroke.
- Carotid Endarterectomy
- Carotid Stenting
- Medical Management
Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) – this condition is caused by narrowing of the arteries, also known as atherosclerosis, that supply blood flow to the legs. It can cause pain when walking and in severe cases it can lead to color changes and open sores. In very severe circumstances it can be associated with critical limb ischemia (CLI), which if left untreated can lead to amputations.
- Peripheral stenting
- Surgical bypass
Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) – occurs when the walls of the vein are damaged and/or valves in the leg are not working effectively, slowing or preventing the return of blood to the heart from the legs. When these valves become damaged, blood leaks backward. CVI is caused by aging, long periods of standing or is most commonly the result of deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
- Compression therapy
- Radiofrequency ablation
- Iliac vein stenting
Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) – an aneurysm forms when the artery that supplies blood flow to the abdomen, pelvis and legs weakens over time and can no longer support the pressure from the blood flowing through it. This causes the artery to get larger and act like a balloon.
- Endovascular repair (EVAR)
- Open, surgical, repair
Reduce Your Vascular Disease Risk
By the year 2024, it is estimated that over 20 million Americans may experience some element of vascular disease, due to obesity and the explosion of type II diabetes. The good news is that avoidance of smoking and instituting healthy habits, such as exercise, might help avoid the complications seen with vascular conditions.
Advances in our understanding of vascular conditions and the use of minimally invasive vascular procedures can greatly improve the quality of life for those patients afflicted by vascular disease. At Bloomfield Vein and Vascular, we will take the time to educate you on your condition and guide you as to what the best treatment options for you might be.