Nearly one million Americans die of cardiovascular-related diseases every year and half of those deaths are caused by vascular conditions outside of the heart, such as in the upper extremities or legs. Early diagnosis is key for effective treatment.
The cardiovascular system is an intricate arrangement of arteries, veins, valves, and pumps that circulate blood and nutrients around the body. Understanding how the heart works and how to keep it healthy can help you improve and maintain good heart health. While some people are at risk of cardiovascular issues due to genetics and family history, there are other factors within our control such as poor diet, smoking, and obesity.
Veins transport blood back to the heart after being delivered to different parts of the body, so it’s important to keep these vital pathways healthy. While a lot of focus is on arterial diseases such as carotid artery disease and renal vascular disease, veins can have problems of their own. The Center for Vascular Medicine’s team of experienced doctors and clinical staff are here to help with all forms of vascular disease. Vein disease is very common: 70 percent of women and 40 percent of men are affected by at least one of the several types.
Chronic pelvic pain is one of the most common reasons that women visit the gynecologist. At times it may seem like there is no practical solution for pelvic pain, which can be discouraging for many patients. Most people don't realize that pelvic pain can be a symptom of a vascular condition. Our team of highly trained doctors can work with you to find the best type of treatment for your unique needs.
At Center for Vascular Medicine, we are committed to helping each of our patients find the right treatment to alleviate their symptoms and improve their health. Center for Vascular Medicine has seven conveniently located centers throughout Maryland.
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot has formed deep in the vein. A DVT is an emergent condition that needs proper diagnosis from a trained doctor. If patients do develop DVT, it normally occurs in the legs, though it may occur anywhere in the body. When a blood clot breaks off and travel to other parts of the body, patients can experience some serious health concerns. If you suspect you may have DVT, please contact your doctor as soon as possible.
- Leg pain
- Fatigue when walking
- Difficulty standing or sitting for extended periods of time
- Non-healing wounds (ulcers)
- Critical limb ischemia – an extreme condition caused by insufficient blood flow that may eventually require amputation
- Stroke – 3X more likely in patients with P.A.D.