What is Vascular Disease?
With every beat, your heart pumps blood through a complex network of blood vessels to supply your body with oxygen and nutrients. When any part of the vascular system is endangered, a host of problems can arise. Vessels can widen or narrow to excess, or become partially or totally blocked, causing an array of conditions, from aortic aneurysms to peripheral artery disease.
"Vascular disease is preventable and can be detected early; however, millions of people each year are affected by vascular disease – whether it be an abdominal aortic aneurysm, peripheral artery disease, stroke, or venous disease," says Michael L. Marin, MD, The Jacobson Professor of Surgery and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at The Mount Sinai Hospital. "At Mount Sinai, we provide a comprehensive evaluation of patients who are diagnosed with vascular disease. Our interventional methods and advanced endovascular surgical techniques have proven to significantly improve the patients' over-all health status and quality of life."
Several conditions can block the normal flow of blood through the arteries and veins, including:
- Acute arterial ischemia
- Aortic aneurysm
- Aortic dissection
- Blood clots
- Carotid artery disease and stroke
- Carotid dissection
- Chronic ulcers
- Fibromuscular dysplasia
- Intestinal and visceral artery disease
- Peripheral artery disease
- Renal/kidney artery disease
- Splenic/visceral/renal aneurysms
- Venous insufficiency/varicose veins
- Venous thromboembolism (deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism)
- Unusual vascular conditions (e.g., Ehrlers-Danlos syndrome, Loeys-Dietz syndrome, Marfan's syndrome)
Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
Vascular Interventions – Cardiac Cath Lab