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Aneurysms

An aneurysm is an abnormal bulge or ballooning in a weakened artery or vein. Aneurysms can be located in any blood vessel of the body but generally develop in areas of high pressure where blood vessels divide and branch off to other parts of the body. Aneurysms can be caused by illness or injury and genetics. Aneurysms can be life…read more

Carotid Artery Disease

Carotid Artery Disease is a gradual build up of plaque called atherosclerosis in the neck arteries. The gradual build up of plaque can result in a stroke, or Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA). A stroke occurs when the blood flow to the brain is restricted or when a piece of the blockage breaks off and lodges in the artery in a…read more

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

Deep vein thrombosis occurs when a clot (thrombosis) or clump of blood cells congregate in the deep veins in your body, most commonly in the legs. Can be a life-threatening emergency and require medication that dissolves the clot to keep it traveling to your lungs. Risk factors Obesity Age Pregnancy Birth control pills Injury Genetics Smoking Blood disorders Immobility Sedentary…read more

End Stage Renal Disease

End Stage Renal Disease is the final stage of kidney disease. Chronic kidney disease causes your kidneys, whose job is to filter excess water and waste from your blood and urine, to lose this function over time. It means your kidneys no longer function well enough to meet the needs of daily life. If left untreated this disease can result…read more

Peripheral Vascular Disease

Peripheral Vascular Disease – (PVD)  is a disorder causing narrowing or hardening of the arteries that supply blood to the legs and feet. Often, plaque can build up in the vessel and limit the blood flow and oxygen to the extremities. Risk Factors Abnormal cholesterol Diabetes Heart disease (coronary artery disease) High blood pressure Kidney disease Smoking Stroke Age Family…read more

Subclavian Steal Syndrome

Subclavian Steal syndrome is an occlusive (meaning closed off or blocking) disease that reverses the flow of blood from the internal thoracic artery and vertebral artery due to a narrowing of the Subclavian artery. Risk factor: Age Family history Smoking Hypercholesterolemia Diabetes Hypertension Genetics Symptoms Numbness in arm Tingling in the fingers Dizziness Unsteadiness Gangrene in fingers Blindness Ocular disturbances…read more

Thoracic Aortic Disease

A thoracic aortic disease which can develop slowly and sometimes without warning involves diseases of the Aorta, the bodies largest artery. The aorta takes the oxygenated blood from the heart to the rest of the body. Thoracic aortic disease includes aortic aneurysms, atherosclerosis, infections, dissections, and traumatic injury. Risk factor Age Smoking High blood pressure High cholesterol Plaque build up…read more

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Thoracic outlet syndrome  is a condition where blood vessels or nerves are compressed in the area between your collarbone and first rib. Risk factor Physical trauma from car accident Repetitive sports/lifting or occupational injury Anatomical defects Pregnancy Obesity Poor posture Symptoms of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Neck pain Shoulder pain Arm pain Numbness/tingling of the fingers Impaired circulation to the extremities…read more

Varicose Veins

Enlarged, twisted, bulging veins found anywhere in the body, but most commonly occurring in the legs and feet due to the pressure of standing. In these veins, the valves become damaged, creating a backflow and pooling of blood, instead of returning the blood to be re-oxygenated by the lungs. Risk factor Pregnancy Obesity Genetics Age Gender Profession Symptoms Pain/tiredness in…read more

Vascular Surgery

The vascular system also referred to as the circulatory system is one of the most vital systems to the proper function of our body and organs. The vascular system carries blood throughout our bodies by way of our vessels. There are three different types of vessels that carry our blood throughout the vascular system. The first is, the Arteries, which…read more