The vascular system is the combination of all the veins and arteries outside the heart. Veins carry blood to the heart and through the lungs where it’s oxygenated before returning to the heart. Arteries then carry the oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the rest of the body. Vascular disease occurs when blood vessels in the veins and arteries become smaller and hinder this normal flow of blood in the body. Skin, muscles, and organs can all be damaged when they do not receive enough oxygenated blood.
The vascular specialists at St.Vincent Heart Center of Indiana treat patients with a variety of vascular conditions, performing minimally invasive procedures whenever possible. The conditions we treat include:
- All blood vessel problems (except heart)
- Aneurysm disease (except brain)
- Artery disease (PVD/PAD—peripheral vascular disease/peripheral arterial disease)
- Cerebrovascular disease
- Disease states requiring medium-term to long-term venous access
- End stage renal disease (vascular access)
- Non-healing wounds of the extremities
- Renovascular hypertension
- Sports-related vascular problems
- Vein disease
- Women’s health
Some of the procedures we use to treat patients with vascular conditions include:
- Endovascular procedures: procedures done inside a blood vessel or artery
- Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty for peripheral vascular disease: opens the blocked or narrowed femoral artery without a large incision
- Thrombolytic therapy: breaks up clots inside blood vessels
- Endograft repairs of abdominal and thoracic aortic aneurysms: less invasive procedures involving a fabric covered metallic stent inserted through the groin, which results in less bleeding, reduced risk of infection and faster recovery time
In 1995, our St.Vincent Medical Group vascular team performed the first abdominal aortic aneurysm endograft in Indiana. In 2005, they performed the first thoracic endovascular aneurysm. Today, St.Vincent Heart Center of Indiana continues to be a leader in vascular services.
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