Your vascular system is a complex expressway of veins and arteries in your body. Vascular surgery may be needed when blocked or hardened arteries lead to vascular disease. Vascular disease can lead to serious side effects such as a stroke. Millions of Americans are unaware that they are at risk of a disability or premature death due to vascular disease. Some vascular disease sufferers experience symptoms such as pain when walking while half affected experience no symptoms at all.
Individuals 55 years of age or older with cardiovascular risk factors such as a history of hypertension, diabetes, smoking, high cholesterol, or known cardiovascular disease may benefit from preventive screening for vascular disease.
CHI Health’s vascular program offers a range of preventive screenings and vascular surgery options with providers that are experienced in vascular procedures.
- Abdominal Aortic Ultrasound: Using ultrasound, the abdominal aorta (the main artery of the body) and branching arteries are imaged to determine if there is enlargement (aneurysm) and to evaluate for plaque and blockage.
- Arterial Extremity Study: Blood pressures are taken at the ankle and brachial levels and ultrasound is used to examine the arteries to evaluate for plaque and blockage.
- Carotid Doppler Study: A large proportion of strokes are caused by plaque in the carotid arteries. A carotid artery screening is a painless ultrasound exam of the arteries in the neck which supply blood to the brain. It is used to assess the plaque buildup in these arteries.
Vascular Diagnostic Tests
- Venous Doppler Study: Ultrasound is used to examine the veins in the legs or arms to see if there are blood clots or to evaluate the veins from the leg used in heart bypass surgery.
Renal Duplex Ultrasound: Ultrasound is used to examine the arteries that carry blood flow to the kidneys and to examine the flow within the kidney.
Our cardiologists have experience in early detection and advanced treatment of peripheral arterial disease (PAD), abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) and carotid artery stenosis (stroke risk). Our interventional cardiologists and vascular surgeons provide a wide range of diagnostics and treatment for vascular disease and associated conditions. This includes traditional open surgeries, minimally-invasive catheter procedures and hybrid procedures which combine both surgical and catheter techniques.
An arterial bypass graft using a person’s own vein for the graft is the most durable means to treat severe peripheral artery disease when the blockage is below the level of the groin. Graft surveillance is of proven benefit in improving graft patency at least in the first year after arterial bypass surgery. The testing frequency should be individualized to the patient, type of arterial bypass, and duplex scan findings. Graft evaluation can include clinical assessment for new or changes in limb ischemia symptoms, measurement of ankle or toe systolic pressure, or both, and duplex ultrasound imaging of the bypass graft, which in the early postoperative period is predictive of the subsequent need for bypass graft revision. Surveillance intervals can vary from every four months during the first year after surgery, every six months the next year, then annually.
Our Medical Team
Vascular surgeons at the CHI Health Heart Institute are the only ones in the region using hybrid procedures for complex cases resulting in shorter hospital stays and improved results for patients. Meet our physicians specializing in interventional cardiology specific to vascular and vascular surgery: