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UH Geauga Medical Center to open new Vascular Center to treat the many causes of swollen legs

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Advanced lower-extremity vascular program offers free education session, ultrasound screening

GEAUGA COUNTY—University Hospitals (UH) Geauga Medical Center is expanding the wide range of vascular services conveniently accessible at its UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute facility. On May 13 the community hospital will open a specialized Vascular Center within the Institute that specifically addresses the many causes of swollen legs.

The new Vascular Center is a dynamic combination of education, diagnostic screening and interventional therapy that addresses a patient’s vascular-related lower extremity issues with a highly individualized approach. The education and screening components are offered free of charge.

“The educational sessions take place in a group setting at the hospital where a vascular specialist explains the potential causes for swollen legs,” says Howard Darvin, MD, FACS, Medical Director, Vascular Services, UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute at UH Geauga Medical Center. “At the same session, interested attendees may then choose to have a free ultrasound screening of their legs to learn the most appropriate treatments for their condition.” Common causes for leg swelling include venous insufficiency, blood clots, lymphedema, cellulitis and obesity.

Once a patient is armed with the facts about their own leg condition and treatment options, they may schedule a more in-depth consultation, examination and testing appointment at the Vascular Center at UH Geauga Medical Center. There they would explore the intervention that will provide them with the greatest benefit and the lowest risk.

“People experiencing leg swelling, aching, ulcers, burning, itching and darkening of the skin can benefit from our educational, screening and therapeutic approach,” says Dr. Darvin, who is also Division Chief of Vascular Surgery at UH Geauga Medical Center. “The new Vascular Center offers a full spectrum of effective care from nonsurgical therapies, to conventional surgery, to the latest minimally invasive interventions, all tailored to a patient’s individual needs.”

“The new Vascular Center is another example of University Hospitals bringing state-of-the-art treatment for common health issues to Geauga County,” says Patricia Ljubi, RN, MBA, Director of Clinical Services, UH Geauga Medical Center. “The program advances our mission – To Heal. To Teach. To Discover. – here in our community.”

To attend one of the Vascular Center’s free educational sessions at UH Geauga Medical Center, call 440-214-3126. To learn more about the full range of services offered by UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute at UH Geauga Medical Center, visit www.uhgeauga.org.

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