Bloomfield Vein & Vascular
Understanding our Blood Vessels
The vascular system is a “super highway” of blood vessels that deliver blood throughout the body. It is composed of:
- Arteries carry oxygen-rich blood from the heart to nourish every part of the body, including the brain, kidney, intestines, arms, legs and the heart itself.
- Veins carry the blood back to the heart. Within the veins there are valves or gates that open to allow the blood to go back to the heart and prevent blood from flowing backwards.
Vascular Disease Occurs When:
- Blood flow in the arteries is slowed or blocked. This usually happens at very specific sites in the body, usually in places where the arteries split and flow is turbulent. In certain conditions, the flow can be severely affected and can lead to serious complications. This is known as PAD. 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.
At Bloomfield Vein & Vascular, we specialize in offering minimally invasive options to restore the necessary blood flow so that your legs don’t hurt when you walk, or more importantly, prevent an amputation. These procedures are:
- Angioplasty – Using a balloon inside of your artery to increase the diameter of the blood vessel and increase the amount of blood flow.
- Stenting – Introducing a specially designed metal cylinder that keeps the vessel open and enhances the amount of blood flow. At BVV, we use the latest generation of stents, drug-eluding stents, that help to keep the vessel from having recurrences.
- Atherectomy – Using a diamond coated burr that spins at very high speeds, we can shave the plaque inside of a blood vessel and increase the opening in which blood flows.
Valves within the veins fail, allowing blood to go backwards. This tends to cause leg pain, swelling, discoloration of the skin and varicose veins. This is known as Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI). 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).
Treatment of CVI can often be complex. At BVV, we have the experience and expertise to treat all aspects of CVI, experience that is unmatched in Metro Detroit. Some of the available therapies that are used, include the following:
- Compression Wraps. These are special bandages that are used to help control swelling and can help to heal wounds. We have different options for specific circumstances.
- Radiofrequency ablation. The use of a special catheter to seal veins that are allowing blood to not flow properly.
- Iliac Vein Stenting. The insertion of specific metal cylinders that help to restore flow in veins that are compressed or have developed scar tissue due to previous blood clots. At BVV, we have the most extensive experience in Metro Detroit in the management of these complex problems, helping hundreds of patients who previously thought had no options for their condition.
Vascular Disease And The Future
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.