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Vascular Surgery

Vascular disease effects the body's circulation - the arteries and veins. Everyone knows about "heart disease," but fewer know about vascular disease. What most people do not know is that vascular disease attacks critical arteries like the aorta (the body's main artery), the carotid arteries to the brain, and circulation to the legs and arms. In fact, vascular disease kills and cripples almost as many Americans as heart disease or cancer.

A build-up of plaque and cholesterol in blood vessels - called atherosclerotic occlusive disease - can affect the amount of blood the brain, arms, legs, (More)


Understanding Vascular Surgery

  • Carotid Artery Stenting
  • Enlarged Veins Could Warn of Vascular Problem
  • Minimally Invasive Technique Can Fix Varicose Veins
  • Online Pre-Anesthesia Interview
  • Trio of Tests Can Detect Vascular Disease Earlier
  • Vascular Screenings Available
  • A Closer Look at Anesthesia and the Brain
  • Bleeding and Clotting Problems: What Can Go Wrong
  • Vascular Health Information (Society for Vascular Surgery)

  • Commonly Asked Questions


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  • How Long Does Leg Swelling Last Following VNUS Closure?
  • How Serious Is My Blockage?
  • Medical or Surgical Treatment, Which Is Better?
  • Spider Veins
  • Vertebral Artery Damage
  • Why Is Surgery Not Done for 100% Carotid Artery Blockage?

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  • Symptoms and Tests
  • Treatment
  • Complications
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    Last Updated: Mar 07, 2014