Vascular disease is an abnormal condition of the blood vessels (arteries and veins), the tubes through which blood is pumped from your heart to the rest of the body. Arteries carry blood containing oxygen and nutrients from the heart to supply every part of the body, such as the brain, gastrointestinal tract, kidneys, arms, and legs while veins carry the blood back to the heart. Problems along this vast network of blood vessels, called the vascular system, can cause other more serious conditions, such as high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, carotid artery disease, peripheral artery disease, aneurysm or even death. Fortunately, advances in vascular surgery have made minimally-invasive endovascular procedures available for patients with vascular conditions, providing quick recovery and excellence outcomes. Working closely with other cardiovascular specialists at the Northwest Florida Heart Group, the vascular surgery team at West Florida Healthcare offers appropriate treatment for patients with vascular disease.
An imaging test that uses x-rays and a special dye to see inside the
arteries. It can be used to see arteries in the heart, brain, kidney
and many other parts of the body. An arteriogram helps vascular
surgeons see how blood moves through the arteries and to check for any
blocked or damaged arteries. Often, treatments are performed at the
same time as an arteriogram.
A procedure that protects a section of the aorta that has ballooned
and is in danger of rupturing. For some patients, endovascular
grafting is possible. Endovascular grafting is the minimally invasive
method of treatment and is performed inside your aorta using thin,
long tubes called catheters to place a stent surrounded with a fabric
liner to reinforce the weak spots. For other patients, a traditional
open surgical repair is the best treatment.
The open surgical removal of plaque from a blood vessel. The goal of
treatment is to eliminate the build-up of plaque in your arteries.
Removes plaque from the artery that supplies blood to the brain and is
often recommended for patients who have had a mild stroke. Femoral
Endarterectomy is a similar operation to carotid endarterectomy in
which the diseased lining of the artery can be removed and blood flow
Procedures that reroute blood flow around a blocked blood vessel by
creating a new pathway for blood flow using a graft. The goal is to
re-direct the blood flow in the artery to bypass a blockage. The
essential problem in all patients undergoing bypass surgery to the
lower legs is that insufficient oxygen-carrying blood is able to reach
the tissues of the leg and foot. Bypass operations work by improving
the blood supply and, thus, the oxygen supply to the tissues that have
been starved of oxygen. The vascular surgery team at West Florida
Healthcare performs bypass surgeries for all vessels of the body.
Vascular surgeons perform both diagnostic procedures and interventions
for patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD). Sometimes called
peripheral vascular disease (PVD), patients experience blockages of
blood vessels away from the heart. Patients with blockages in the
blood vessels of the legs experience significant pain and risk poor
wound healing and eventual limb loss if blockages are not removed.
Left untreated, PAD also increases the risk for heart attack and
stroke. Within the catheterization labs at West Florida Healthcare,
cardiologists perform diagnostic and peripheral interventions using
various state-of-the-art devices and technologies.
For a referral to a cardiologist or internist on staff at West Florida
Healthcare, call Consult a Nurse at (850) 494-3212.