Most cardiologists care for patients with problems in the heart. The vascular medicine specialists within the Cardiovascular Institute care for patients with problems in rest of the blood vessels in the body. And the Icahn School of Medicine is one of the few medical centers in the United States that has physicians with expertise in Vascular Medicine.
Specialists in Vascular Medicine are able to make the diagnosis, provide appropriate medical therapy and along with our colleagues in the division of vascular and interventional radiology and vascular surgery, provide surgical and endovascular (balloon angioplasty and stents) treatment for many of these conditions.
The vascular diagnostic laboratory is involved in non-invasive testing for various vascular diseases. The laboratory is accredited in the four areas that it sought accreditation by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL) and all of the technologists and both medical directors are Registered Vascular Technologists (RVT). This high volume vascular laboratory provides services for outpatients and patients admitted to the Mount Sinai Hospital. The vascular laboratory has state of the art ultrasound equipment and plethysmography equipment to fully evaluate the circulatory system.
The laboratory is supervised by physicians representing both vascular medicine and vascular surgery. There are four full time registered vascular technologists to perform the studies. Each study is carefully reviewed and interpreted by the physicians. The laboratory is fully digitalized setting our vascular laboratory apart from most in the country. Computer workstations allow the immediate transfer of images during the examination allowing the physician to review the images in a timely fashion and generate a final report the same day so that your physician can have the information soon after the test is completed.
Mount Sinai Heart has led the way in developing noninvasive techniques to diagnose narrowing of the arteries to the kidneys, which can cause high blood pressure and kidney failure. In addition, our specialists have helped to develop a technique that can seal off a hole in an artery after a catheterization procedure. In the past these patients would have to go to surgery to correct this problem. Now this can usually be taken care of by placing a small needle under ultrasound guidance into the chamber of the pseudoaneurysm (cavity into which blood is leaking) and inject a material to cause the hole to seal and stop the bleeding.
In addition to clinical studies performed, the vascular laboratory performs a number of research studies as well. The vascular diagnostic laboratory trains students from several ultrasound schools around the New York area. Physicians come to Mount Sinai Heart from all over the world to train in vascular ultrasound with our specialists.