Your vascular system
Your vascular system, also known as the circulatory system, contains vessels that carry blood and lymph fluid through your body. Coronary arteries supply blood to your heart. Peripheral arteries carry blood from your heart to the rest of your body.
Vascular disease is very common. Conditions and problems affecting your arteries, veins and vessels are vascular diseases. Symptoms of vascular disease vary from mild discomfort to severe pain. Ask your primary care doctor to refer you to ProHealth for expert care and treatment for:
- Abdominal aortic aneurysm – Bulge in the wall of your blood vessel.
- Atherosclerosis – Plaque buildup in your arteries, making it hard for blood to flow or stopping blood flow.
- Carotid artery disease – Plaque buildup or narrowing of the carotid arteries in your neck that supply blood to your brain.
- Deep vein thrombosis – Blood clots in the veins of your legs.
- Peripheral artery disease (also known as peripheral vascular disease) – Narrowing of your arteries, reducing blood flow to your limbs.
- Varicose insufficiency – Valves that keep blood from flowing backward in your veins don’t work well, causing blood to collect in your veins.
Learn about the connection between artery blockages in your brain and stroke.
Screening and diagnosis
Depend on ProHealth for accurate screening and diagnosis of vascular conditions. Discover how a vascular screening at ProHealth can help you and your doctor find problems early – before you experience symptoms.
Individualized care plans
Work with your doctor to create a care plan to fit your needs. Depending on your condition, your team may recommend:
- Lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking or changes to your diet
- External counterpulsation (ECP) therapy to supplement and strengthen your body’s circulatory system so it can pump more oxygenated blood to the rest of your body
- Thrombolytic therapy to dissolve blood clots with medication
- Varicose vein treatment
- Vascular surgery
Rely on your team of vascular surgeons, interventional cardiologists and interventional radiologists. They'll work together for your best care and outcome. Access a wide range of procedures and surgeries at ProHealth, including:
- Aneurysm repair – Repairs an aneurysm using open surgery or a minimally invasive procedure.
- Angioplasty – Clears plaque buildup (atherosclerosis) and opens narrowed arteries with a balloon-tipped catheter that inflates and compresses the plaque against the artery wall to restore blood flow.
- Angioplasty with peripheral or carotid stent placement – Inserts a small tube called a stent to help keep the walls of the artery open.
- Artherectomy – Uses special tools to remove plaque from your artery walls.
- Carotid artery surgery – Clears plaque buildup in your carotid artery (neck) and restores blood flow to the brain.
- Dialysis access surgery, including arteriovenous fistula creation.
- Embolectomy and thrombectomy – Remove a blood clot or other mass in your bloodstream.
- Endarterectomy – Removes plaques buildup in an artery.
- Peripheral artery bypass – Reroutes blood flow around a blocked artery in your arms, legs or feet to improve circulation.
- Vena cava (IVC) filters – Implants a small device in your vena cava vein to stop blood clots from going to your lungs.
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) rehabilitation
Look to exercise physiologists at ProHealth to help you reduce leg pain, improve walking ability, and reduce risk factors for PAD. Participate in a supervised exercise program especially for PAD patients. Your PAD rehabilitation includes:
- Review of cardiovascular risk factors
- Walking evaluations and symptom assessments
- Supervised exercise sessions
- Walking tolerance monitoring