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Team Expertise in Blood Vessel Disorders
The heart and vascular specialists at University Hospitals Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute are dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of patients with any condition that affects the body’s blood vessels. This includes arteries, veins and lymphatic system, part of the circulatory system that helps fight infection and removes fluid from tissues.
Because blood vessel conditions and diseases may involve more than one of the body's systems at a time, a team approach ensures comprehensive care of patients with both routine and complex conditions. With a skilled team of nationally recognized experts, we bring together vascular surgeons, interventional cardiologists, vascular medicine specialists, radiologists, infectious disease specialists, plastic surgeons, wound care specialists, anesthesiologists and a specially trained nursing staff for excellence in blood vessel diagnosis and expert treatment.
Comprehensive Vascular Services
Our Vascular Center and Aortic Center provide a complete range of services with locations across the region, from routine examinations and medical treatments to the most advanced surgical interventions and post-treatment follow-up for any blood vessel disorder, including:
- Aortic aneurysm
- Aortic dissection
- Arteriovenous malformations indicate an abnormal connection between arteries and veins.
- Atherosclerosis or atherosclerotic vascular disease
- Blood clotting disorders like clinical thrombosis and thrombophilia
- Carotid artery disease
- Critical limb ischemia
- Deep venous thrombosis
- End-stage renal disease
- Fibromuscular dysplasia (FMD)
- Lymphatic disorders such as lymphadenitis
- Medical management of vascular conditions
- Mesenteric ischemia
- Peripheral artery disease
- Pulmonary embolism
- Renal artery disease
- Small vessel ischemia, or small vessel disease, can be an indication of cognitive decline or dementia.
- Thoracic outlet syndrome is a group of disorders when vessels between your collarbone and ribs, called your thoracic outlet, are compressed, causing pain and numbness in your fingers.
- Varicose veins
- Vasculitis, or inflammation of blood vessels
- Venous insufficiency
- Venous thromboembolism (VTE) includes deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE)
- Wounds (chronic, nonhealing)
Highly Skilled Interventions for Complex Aortic Diseases
At University Hospitals, patients have access to a multidisciplinary and specialized team that provides coordinated evaluations and leading-edge technologies in endovascular therapies for aneurysms, dissections and other aortic issues. As one of a select number of institutions across the country, patients benefit from our expertise in performing complex minimally invasive procedures, including:
- Endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR): The insertion of a stent graft into the aorta where the aneurysm occurs to support the weakened blood vessel.
- Fenestrated endovascular aortic repair (FEVAR) provides repair for more complex aortic aneurysms by using a fenestrated or endograph with openings. This allows improved blood flow to your organs.
- Thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR): A minimally invasive procedure using a stent graph, a TEVAR procedure is used to repair the damaged aorta when it occurs in your chest area.
- Surgical and stent-graft treatment of an aortic dissection
These techniques are shown to significantly improve outcomes and survivorship compared with traditional open surgical techniques. In addition to these innovative aortic procedures, we specialize in stem cell therapy to prevent amputation in patients with severe arterial disease.
Advanced Noninvasive Vascular Diagnostic Lab
University Hospitals’ accredited vascular diagnostics laboratories provide the information doctors need to accurately diagnose blood vessel or vascular disease and quickly determine the course of treatment.
With exceptional skill and using advanced medical technology, registered vascular technologists conduct more than 20,000 noninvasive tests of arteries and veins each year. Diagnostic methods include both physiologic or non-imaging studies, such as exercise stress tests, as well as specialized ultrasounds and peripheral, cerebral and coronary angiograms.
Preliminary results are available the day of the test with final results available within 48 hours.
Improved Recovery through Vascular Rehabilitation
For improved recovery and to reduce your risk of future heart or vascular problems, patients at University Hospitals benefit from specialized rehabilitation care. Our vascular rehab program begins during hospitalization and continues in a safe, supervised outpatient setting. We provide comprehensive support to help patients recover and safely return to work and everyday activities as soon as possible. The program includes:
- Heart and vascular risk factor modification services
- Patient and family support
Vascular Medicine Specialists Lead Efforts for Vascular Disease Prevention
Our team at University Hospitals includes vascular medicine specialists who are experienced in the medical aspects and prevention of vascular disease. This means they are skilled in the interventional procedures to treat vascular issues, but they also are experienced in disease management of diabetes, cholesterol and hypertension that affect vascular health. We also help reduce risk factors through dedicated programs such as our smoking cessation program. Our goal is your goal – to address vascular issues before they significantly affect your quality of life.
Learn More about UH Expertise for Vascular Disorders
If you have questions about blood vessel disorders or any vascular conditions, contact one of our team members at a convenient location near you.