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Arterial Disease

Coastal Vein and Vascular’s experienced, board certified physicians commonly diagnose and treat a comprehensive range of vascular conditions. The specialty of vascular surgery has rapidly evolved over the past decade to include a growing number of minimally invasive alternatives to traditional hospital-based surgery. Coastal Vein and Vascular’s fellowship trained specialists have remained at the forefront of this movement to offer patients the latest in diagnosis and treatment options for all types of arterial conditions. Some of the most common vascular conditions and treatments include:

Vascular Conditions:

Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD): When the arteries in your legs become blocked, your legs do not receive enough blood or oxygen. It can cause discomfort or pain when you walk and the pain can occur in your hips, buttocks, thighs, knees, shins, or upper feet. One in 3 people age 70 or older has PAD.

Carotid Artery Disease: This condition occurs when the major arteries in your neck become narrowed or blocked. These arteries, called the carotid arteries, supply your brain with blood. You are more likely to develop carotid artery disease as you age.

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA): When a weak area of the abdominal aorta expands or bulges, it is called an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). Aneurysms are a health risk because they can burst or rupture. Although you may not initially feel any symptoms with AAA, if you develop symptoms you may experience a pulsing feeling in your abdomen, similar to a heartbeat, or severe, sudden pain in your abdomen or lower back.

Mesenteric Ischemia: The mesenteric arteries supply blood to your large and small intestines. Ischemia occurs when your blood cannot flow through your arteries as well as it should. If you have chronic mesenteric ischemia, you may experience severe pain in your abdomen 15 to 60 minutes after eating. The condition usually occurs in people older than age 60.

Vascular Treatments:

Angiogram: An X-ray test that uses special dye and camera to take pictures of the blood flow in an artery. Performed in-office.

Dialysis Access: The creation of an entranceway into your bloodstream that lies completely beneath your skin and is easy to access. Open AV fistulas and grafts are performed in the hospital. Venograms, fistulagrams with interventions such as angioplasty and stenting, and thrombectomizing a clotted access can be performed in our office.

Carotid Stenting: A procedure in which your vascular surgeon inserts a slender, metal-mesh tube, called a stent, which expands inside your carotid artery to increase blood flow.

Endovascular Stent Graft: A tube composed of fabric supported by a metal mesh, called a stent, can be used for a variety of conditions involving the blood vessels, but is most commonly used to reinforce a weak spot in an artery called an aneurysm.

Surgical Bypass: A surgical procedure which treats narrowed arteries by directly creating a detour, or bypass, around a section of the artery that is blocked.