Most people encounter some form of vascular disease by age 50. Those with risk factors for vascular conditions (a family history of heart/vascular disease or diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, overweight, smoker) should become familiar with the types of treatments available to help alleviate possible pain and avoid strokes or aneurysms.
The OLBH Vascular Center is specially designed to manage vascular disease. The center’s specialized healthcare professionals offer patients diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care to help prevent disease progression.
Treatment may include:
Angioplasty – a catheter (long hollow tube) is used to create a larger opening in an artery to increase blood flow. Angioplasty may be performed in many of the arteries in the body. There are several types of angioplasty procedures, including:
Balloon angioplasty – a small balloon is inflated inside the blocked artery to open the blocked area
Atherectomy – the blocked area inside the artery is “shaved” away by a tiny device on the end of a catheter
Stent – a tiny coil is expanded inside the blocked artery to open the blocked area and is left in place to keep the artery open
A variety of surgical procedures to correct arterial blockages and other vascular disease complications are available at OLBH including:
Carotid Endarterectomy: performed when the carotid artery in the neck is severely blocked keeping blood from the brain. This interruption of blood flow can cause mini-strokes. Carotid endarterectomy allows a surgeon to carefully remove plaque build-up within the artery to prevent further risk of stroke.
Peripheral Arterial Bypass: helps restore blood flow by bypassing blockages in the arteries in the abdomen, pelvis, and legs. The procedure involves inserting a synthetic tube to bring blood from the arteries above the blockage to those below the blockage and restore proper blood flow.
Aneurysm Repair: can involve an endovascular technique that involves fixing a weakened area of the artery by inserting a graft to seal off the aneurysm. The graft effectively excludes the aneurysm from the flow of blood, which is then directed through the graft. Aneurysm repair also can involve a surgical resection to take out a part of the artery and replace it with a synthetic graft that serves as a pathway for blood flow as a healthy artery normally would perform.
From diagnosis to surgery to recovery, the OLBH Vascular Center provides patients a complete continuum of vascular care.