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Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms

Are you aware of what Lucille Ball, Conway Twitty, George C. Scott, and Albert Einstein all had in common? Of course they were famous individuals whose names are still widely recognized throughout the world. They all died of the same disease. No, they didnt die of a heart attack or cancer; they all died of a ruptured aortic aneurysm.

Carotid Artery Stenting: What Is Its Role?

Stroke is the third most common cause of death in the United States and carotid artery disease is the most common cause of stroke. In recent years, carotid stenting has become an alternative for patients who are high risks for surgery. Carotid stenting is a procedure in which a stent is delivered and expanded inside the carotid artery to increase blood flow in the area blocked by plaque.

Carotid Endarterectomy

In the United States more than 750,000 individuals have a stroke each year. To put this into perspective, there are more new strokes than cancers of the breast, prostate and colon combined. Although there are multiple causes of stroke, disease of the carotid artery, the major blood supply to the brain, is responsible for 40 percent of all strokes.


Hello, I am Dr. Amy Reed and this is a Society for Vascular Surgery briefing about claudication. Claudication is a form of PAD or peripheral arterial disease characterized by exertional pain or discomfort in the calves, thighs or buttocks which is relieved by rest. Rather than pain, some patients may experience cramping, aching, tiredness or heaviness in leg and or buttock muscles that makes it difficult to continue walking.

Critical Limb Ischemia

Hello, I am Dr. Steve Leers and this is a Society for Vascular Surgery briefing about critical limb ischemia. Peripheral Arterial Disease, or PAD is one of the most common problems encountered by vascular disease specialists. PAD affects over eight million Americans and its prevalence is increasing as the baby boomer generation reaches the age of 50.

Deep Vein Thrombosis

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot in one of the deep veins. It can be difficult to recognize the symptoms of DVT. However, the condition can be effectively treated once diagnosed.

Endovascular Aneurysm Treatment

Endovascular treatment of aneurysms (EVAR) started nearly 20 years ago, from the simple idea that a graft, nearly identical to those used in open surgery, can be supported with metallic stents and collapsed inside a tube.

Endovascular Treatment for Chronic Limb Ischemia

Hello, I am Dr. Chris Kwolek and this is a Society for Vascular Surgery briefing about Endovascular Treatment of Chronic Limb Ischemia. Chronic Limb Ischemia or (CLI) is a condition where not enough blood is able to reach the legs or the feet, resulting in either severe foot pain or the development of sores or ulcers in the feet. If left untreated, this condition can lead to infection or death of the tissue (gangrene), resulting in the loss of the foot, the leg or possibly your life.

How Does Vascular Surgery Differ from Other Interventional Specialists?

Hello, I’m Dr. Enrico Ascher, a Vascular Surgeon. This is a Society for Vascular Surgery briefing on how vascular surgery differs from other specialists.

Increasing use of Hybrid Procedures

Persons with advanced PAD and severe symptoms may have multiple areas of blockage from their iliac arteries to the vessels below the knee joint. Traditionally, a bypass to circumvent the iliac lesion would be necessary. Now, with modern technology, such extensive complex disease may require that a minimally invasive approach be performed to open a blood vessel such as the iliac artery to provide blood flow into the lower leg.

Lower Extremity Interventions

The first issue in lower extremity arterial disease is its recognition. The presence of peripheral vascular disease can be suspected in patients with atherosclerosis of the cerebrovascular or coronary vessels, smokers, diabetics, or people with a family history of vascular disease. In this setting, particularly in male patients over the age of 65, screening for atherosclerosis can be done by measuring the blood pressure at the ankle and comparing it to the blood pressure in the arm.

Medical Management of Vascular Disease

Advanced presentations of the most common vascular diseases, carotid artery and lower extremity occlusive disease, and abdominal aortic aneurysm are best treated with surgical or endovascular treatment when compared to medical therapy. However, treatment of these diseases is enhanced by administration of several medications.

My Legs Hurt when I walk

Leg pain may be caused by hardening of the arteries. To expand a bit on a term that you may have heard recently in the media, it is PAD or peripheral arterial disease.This disease involves blockage of arteries especially in the lower extremities….

Non-invasive Vascular Diagnosis

One of the major assets of the vascular specialist is the ability to diagnose vascular disease using non-invasive techniques, including ultrasound, blood pressures and plethesmography. These techniques utilize sound waves or blood pressure cuffs to evaluate arteries and veins. The studies are termed non-invasive because these technologies do not require incisions, catheters or needles.

Options for Management of Carotid Restenosis

The basis for the treatment of extracranial cerebrovascular occlusive disease is prevention of stroke. Surgical or endovascular intervention for these lesions is warranted if it is determined that they provide a safe and more effective treatment than best medical therapy alone.

Peripheral Artery Disease

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a common circulatory problem in which narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to limbs. It affects about 8 million Americans. PAD becomes more common as people get older, and by age 65, about 12 to 20 percent of the population has it. Diagnosis is critical, as people with PAD have a four-to-five times higher risk of heart attack or stroke.

Peripheral Artery Disease in African-Americans

Hello, I am Dr. Frederick Beavers, and this is a Society of Vascular Surgery briefing about the topic of Peripheral Artery Disease in African-Americans. What would you do if a group of people were at high risk for developing a potentially lethal disease, and, you knew that the risk could be mitigated by using preventative measures?

Risks and Benefits of General Lower Extremity Angiography and Intervention

Hello, I am Dr. Rabih Chaer, a member of the Society for Vascular Surgery. This video will help you understand the Risks and Benefits of General Lower Extremity Angiography and Intervention.

Risks and Benefits of LE Bypass

Hello, I’m Dr. Michael Conte, a member of the Society for Vascular Surgery. This short video will help you to understand the risks and benefits of lower extremity bypass surgery.

Surgical Bypass for Critical Limb Ischemia

Hi- I’m Dr. Clem Darling and this is a Society for Vascular Society briefing on Surgical Bypass for Critical Limb Ischemia (CLI).

The Complete Vascular Specialist

Vascular surgeons are experts in the treatment of the entire spectrum of vascular disease, including arterial aneurysms and occlusive disease, venous disease and lymphatic insufficiency. In fact, the term vascular surgeon is really a misnomer. Contemporary vascular surgeons do much, much more than perform traditional surgery.

Venous Insufficiency

Veins are thin walled, pressure conduits, which function to return blood from the periphery to the heart. Muscular contractions in the arms and legs help propel blood with intraluminal valves to prevent retrograde flow or reflux. Venous reflux can be observed when valvular destruction or dysfunction has occurred in association with varicose vein formation.

What Does Smoking Do to Your Arteries?

Tobacco use is the number one preventable cause of death in the United States. It causes heart attacks, various types of cancer, and strokes, the number one, two and three causes of death. Its effect on heart attacks and strokes is primarily caused by its effects on the arteries.

What is Vascular Surgery?

In 1986, Dr. Juan Parodi revolutionized the treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms by treating these with a stent/graft combination. This singular change resulted in a complete re-focusing of vascular surgery into minimally invasive endovascular treatments. The entire vascular surgery workforce was retrained in the early 1990s to include minimally invasive treatments as a routine part of vascular surgery.