Our highly trained, board-certified physicians and vascular surgeons have the advanced skills and expertise to diagnose and treat common vascular disorders, including peripheral arterial disease, carotid artery disease and abdominal aortic aneurysms.
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Vascular disease, such as peripheral arterial disease, carotid artery disease and abdominal aortic aneurysm, are potentially life-threatening and, unfortunately, all too common. While a healthy diet, exercise, smoking cessation, lowering cholesterol and controlling high blood pressure and diabetes can help prevent vascular disease, vascular disorders continue to affect as much as 10-20% of the population over the age of 65.
Our vascular surgeons are highly trained in diagnosing and treating these disorders. Some conditions may be treated through interventional radiology. But for conditions that are more advanced, we can provide surgical intervention. Our physicians will choose the most appropriate treatment for you and will coordinate with your primary medical provider.
Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a disease of the circulatory system caused by atherosclerosis of the arteries. Atherosclerosis, a disease where plaque or fatty deposits can build up in an artery, narrows the arteries and, depending on the severity, can partially or completely occlude blood flow to parts of the body. Peripheral artery disease commonly affects the legs and arms, but can also involve the stomach and head.
Risk factors for PAD are smoking, increased age, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
Symptoms of PAD depend on what body part is affected. If the arteries of the legs are affected, patients may experience cramping or leg pain with exercise that improves with rest. Patients may also notice numbness of the affected limp, changes in skin color, loss of hair on their extremities, and poor wound healing.
Peripheral arterial disease is a serious condition, but one that is treatable. Our vascular surgeons can diagnose and provide the appropriate treatment and follow up.
Carotid artery disease (CAD) or carotid artery stenosis is a narrowing of the carotid arteries caused by a build up of fatty deposits or plaque. The carotid arteries are the 2 main arteries that supply blood to the brain. If there is an insufficient blood supply to the brain, the brain is deprived of oxygen which can lead to stroke or death.
Risk factors for CAD are increased age, smoking, uncontrolled hypertension, diabetes, obesity and a family history of heart disease or CAD.
Early in the disease, carotid artery stenosis has no symptoms. But over time the build up of plaque can narrow the carotid arteries which may result in a TIA - transient ischemic attack - or stroke. Symptoms of a stroke are sudden and can include the following, depending on which part of the brain is effected:
Transient ischemic attacks, or TIAs, have similar symptoms as a stroke, but are generally less severe and temporary. A person can have full recovery after a TIA in a few minutes or hours. However, TIA’s are an indication that there is narrowing in the carotid artery and are a risk for future TIA’s and stroke.
It is very important if you or a loved-one experiences signs of a TIA or stroke that you immediately seek medical care.
Carotid artery disease is a life-threatening condition. Vascular surgeons at Sound Vascular can provide timely medical care and highly-skilled surgical treatment to ensure the best possible outcome.
An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a widening of the lower portion of the aorta, a major artery in the body. The aorta leads from the heart, and extends down through the chest and abdomen. An aneurysm, which is a bulging of the artery due to weakness of the artery wall, can rupture and cause significant internal bleeding which is a life-threatening emergency.
Risk factors of AAA include high blood pressure and atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries. Smoking and increased age are also risk factors.
Abdominal aortic aneurysms are usually asymptomatic. A doctor may pick up signs of an aneurysm on a physical exam or on an imaging study. When an aneurysm ruptures, a patient may feel severe abdominal pain, dizziness, sweatiness, and nausea. Without immediate medical attention, this an abdominal aortic aneurysm can lead to death.
From AAA diagnosis to surgical intervention, our vascular surgeons at Sound Vascular & Vein have the experience, expertise and commitment to high quality patient care.