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Vascular disease

Vascular disease is a broad term used to describe conditions and diseases affecting the arteries and veins. These blood vessels are vital for blood circulation throughout the body, and problems with vascular function may result in adverse health effects.

Vascular care doctors and surgeons in Broward County, Florida

Although some people can manage vascular conditions with medication and lifestyle changes alone, others need more advanced treatment, such as surgery.

Our vascular team at HCA Florida Northwest Hospital is highly skilled in diagnosing and using a wide range of treatments for vascular disease. These specialists use the latest technology and minimally invasive procedures to offer you higher quality vascular surgery and care.

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Our vascular treatments

In collaboration with our cardiology program, we'll evaluate your symptoms and provide you with an individualized care plan that may include:

Noninvasive vascular ultrasounds 

The vascular ultrasound laboratory at our hospital uses ultrasound waves to detect disease in veins and arteries throughout your body.

Additionally, this lab is accredited by the American College of Radiology, and our dedicated team of sonographers is nationally registered with the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers. This is a recognition of our quick, effective noninvasive vascular services.

Endovascular surgery

Many of our vascular treatments use the latest minimally invasive endovascular surgical techniques. This approach offers advantages such as:

  • Less postoperative pain
  • Less stress on the heart
  • Shorter recovery period
  • Smaller incisions
  • Use of local or regional anesthesia rather than general anesthesia, which is considered more complex for patients

Carotid stenting

Severe carotid stenosis is a disease characterized as a buildup of plaque in the carotid artery, the artery that supplies blood to the brain. When left untreated, this disease often results in a stroke.
To treat this condition, we are proud to offer an innovative, minimally invasive procedure: carotid stenting. This procedure involves using X-rays to guide a catheter (thin, flexible tube) through the artery so a stent can be placed to hold the artery open.

Ultrasound-accelerated thrombolysis

Our hospital is one of the few hospitals in the region to use ultrasound-accelerated thrombolysis to treat deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a form of peripheral vascular disease.

This technology uses ultrasound waves passed through a catheter directly into a blood clot to break it up. It effectively treats some of the most complicated cases of DVTs and eliminates the need for more extreme measures, such as amputation.

Vascular disease education

Learning more about vascular disease and its symptoms will help you recognize it early or prevent it from occurring. 

What is vascular disease?

Vascular disease is any condition that affects your blood vessels, including your arteries and veins. When there is a problem within this network, such as a blockage or a tear, it can cause other major medical issues if not treated promptly.

Types of vascular disease

Types of vascular disease include atherosclerosis, high blood pressure, peripheral artery disease, carotid stenosis, stroke and cardiac arrest.

Atherosclerosis vs. peripheral vascular disease

Atherosclerosis is caused when fatty substances build up inside the artery walls over time and narrow the opening, restricting blood flow. It is commonly called "hardening of the arteries." 
Peripheral vascular disease is a form of atherosclerosis and is a progressive disease referring to blockages in arteries of the brain, kidneys and legs. 

Symptoms of vascular disease

Blocked arteries, aneurysms and even a weak pulse can be a strong indicator of vascular disease. Please seek medical attention if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
  • Changes in the color of the feet
  • Feeling of coldness in the legs and feet
  • Intermittent pain or cramping in the arms or legs that occurs with exercise and subsides with rest
  • Numbness of the extremities
  • Ulcers
  • Weakness and atrophy of calf muscles

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