Peripheral vascular disease
Healthy blood vessels are essential to maintaining the flow of blood and oxygen to your heart, brain, lungs and body. Vascular disease, which affects the arteries, veins and lymphatic vessels, can lead to life-threatening events, such as blood clots, stroke, heart attack and aneurysm.
At Edward-Elmhurst Health, you’ll find expert, high quality care for peripheral vascular disease (PVD), the broad term for circulatory disorders. You’ll benefit from the expertise of specialists from many areas, including vascular surgery, interventional cardiology, interventional radiology and cardiology.
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Vascular screenings reduce your risk
Only one in four people with PVD experience any symptoms, such as leg cramps or pain while walking. The risk of developing PAD grows steadily as you grow older. That’s why it’s essential to know your risk.
Take our free online StrokeAware assessment
Learn about screenings to detect your risk of stroke, aneurysm or vascular disease.
Vascular conditions we treat
We provide comprehensive screening, testing and treatment for:
- Carotid artery disease – Narrowing of arteries leading to the brain
- Coronary artery disease (CAD) – Narrowing of arteries of the heart
- Peripheral artery disease (PAD) – Narrowing of arteries affecting the legs
- Chronic venous insufficiency – Blood flows in the wrong direction and pools in the legs due to damaged valves
- Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) – A blood clot in a deep vein, which can break off and travel through the bloodstream to create an embolism, causing severe damage
- Abdominal aortic aneurysm – Thin areas on the artery wall that can burst, leading to death or limb loss
- Varicose veins – Swollen, twisted veins that cause pain and burning
- Foot ulcers and infected limbs – Chronic wounds, caused by diabetes, which are difficult to heal and can require amputation. Learn more about wound care at Edward-Elmhurst Health.
The highly-skilled surgeons and interventionalists at Edward-Elmhurst perform a full range of vascular and endovascular procedures. We can perform many procedures on a minimally invasive basis using image-guided catheters to repair defects and open blood vessels.
Some treatment options we offer for peripheral vascular disease include:
- Medication to improve blood flow and relax the walls of the blood vessels
- Endovascular treatments, including angioplasty, atherectomy, and stenting of coronary, mesenteric (abdominal) or peripheral (extremity) arteries
- Endovascular and surgical aneurysm repair
- Carotid endarterectomy and stenting
- Vascular surgery/leg bypass surgery
- Vein ablation procedures, including laser ablation and RF ablation of venous insufficiency
- Endovenous laser therapy, ablation, microphlebectomy and ligation and stripping for varicose veins and other venous issues
- Deep venous thrombolysis for blood clots
- Percutaneous dialysis fistula/graft interventions to remove blockages and improve flow for hemodialysis
Advanced diabetic limb salvage
Our specialists take a team approach to advanced diabetic limb salvage — an intervention to help diabetic patients with serious infections avoid foot and lower-limb amputation. Our vascular surgeons collaborate with specialists in wound care, infectious disease, podiatry and other disciplines to open or reroute blood flow and save the limb.
Education and support for vascular disease
You can modify your risk and control the progression of vascular disease by making lifestyle changes. Edward-Elmhurst offers prevention and education services, including exercise, diet and smoking cessation.
You may also benefit from our peripheral arterial conditioning and exercise (PACE) program, offered in conjunction with our cardiac rehab services.