Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) affects 10 million people in the U.S.—about five percent of all Americans over age 50, and 40 to 50 percent of patients with coronary artery disease. Yet only 1.25 million cases of PVD are diagnosed and treated.
PVD may be the result of a build-up of cholesterol—a fatty plaque that causes blood vessels to narrow or become blocked. This commonly affects areas of the body such as the arteries in the legs, arms, kidneys, and neck.
Peripheral vascular surgery is an operation to restore circulation to the body. To treat conditions such as PVD, extremity bypass surgery can increase blood flow to the legs when arteries are blocked. Other procedures such as carotid endarterectomy can help prevent and treat strokes by removing plaque from inside the carotid artery, improving circulation.
Thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) is a group of symptoms that relates to not only the upper extremity, but also the chest, neck, shoulders and head. Certain tests help to establish the diagnosis of thoracic outlet including ultrasound, chest and/or cervical spine x-rays and electrical nerve studies. Some patients may require x-ray exams of the arteries or veins to fully diagnose the problem.
The Vascular Institute, located on the campus of St.Vincent Heart Center of Indiana at 106th and North Meridian, offers these specialized services to help diagnose and treat PVD and other issues of veins, arteries, and circulation. Staffed by physicians from St.Vincent Medical Group, The Vascular Institute provides a full range of surgical and non-surgical procedures to repair blocked and damaged blood vessels.
In addition, St.Vincent Heart Center of Indiana’s partner in cardiac surgery, St.Vincent Medical Group, has a full staff of vascular specialists and a state-of-the-art vascular office across from St.Vincent Indianapolis Hospital located on 86th Street.
For more information about vascular services with St.Vincent, please call 317-583-7600.