Vascular Specialists Focus on Arteries and Veins
St.Vincent Heart Center Vascular Specialists treat many types of artery and vein disease including Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). Catheter-directed thrombolysis strives to deliver “clot-busting” medication directly to a clot, helping most to completely dissolve within 24 hours. Interventional Radiologists are site investigators for the ATTRACT clinical trial. To learn more read the Heart Health Blog.
The body’s vascular system runs from head to toe. When an artery or vein narrows with plaque and blocks blood flow, damage results to the heart, brain and lungs. Likewise a blood clot, aneurysm, or weakened or ruptured vein complicates healing and overall health. Within the St.Vincent Heart Center system, the vascular specialists provide medication therapies, non-surgical and surgical interventions as part of our Vascular Center of Excellence. We do more procedures in Indiana than other vascular providers and that experience translates into a patient benefit: expertise, access to new techniques and procedures that are generating better outcomes and an overall higher quality of care. There is a reason vascular disease (in particular carotid artery disease) is called the “Silent Killer”, because stroke can sneak up and when it does it’s a health crisis. For this reason our St.Vincent vascular team has developed high standards of care that starts at the Emergency Room level and extends through outpatient and inpatient experiences.
The first step to vascular health is controlling cardiovascular risk factors. When that's not enough, St.Vincent has some of the most experienced vascular specialists in the country. Start your vascular care close to home at any St.Vincent hospital. If you need more advanced vascular care, you will have peace of mind that your physician will coordinate with specialists at our flagship location in Indianapolis: St.Vincent Heart Center.
Want to know more about your vascular health? Schedule a $79 TriVascular Screening.
Your Care Team
Your vascular care team includes interdisciplinary experts, including vascular surgeons, interventional cardiologists and interventional radiologists who will recommend therapeutic and disease-management options. Our goal is to help you stay active and feel better when doing daily activities.
Diagnosing Vascular Disease
Vascular conditions can be difficult to diagnose - in fact, we suspect only 12 percent of people with peripheral vascular disease (PVD) receive an accurate diagnosis. And, unfortunately, many times the first sign of carotid artery disease is a stroke. If you have heart disease risk factors, regular visits with your physician can help detect a vascular condition.
Your doctor may recommend these or other imaging tests to help diagnose a vascular condition like PVD or carotid artery disease. Learn more about vascular studies in the health library.
- MRA (magnetic resonance angiography)
- CTA (computed tomography angiogram)
- Doppler exams
Treating Vascular Disease
At St.Vincent, it is our primary standard of care to identify the least invasive and most effective procedures available for your individual condition. Treatment options vary from patient to patient, so our team will help you explore all the options, including:
- Bypass grafts
- Carotid endarterectomy
- Aneurysm repair
- Endovascular procedures
- Thrombolytic therapy
Learn more about your risk for vascular conditions with a $79 TriVascular Screening. Or, visit one of our vascular specialists who can diagnose, treat and consult on the full range of vascular-related diseases and conditions. We often see patients with:
Other Vascular Conditions
- Abdominal aortic aneurysms
- Blood vessel problems
- Cerebrovascular disease
- Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
- Mesenteric insufficiency
- Pelvic congestion or pelvic vein incompetence in women
Leading the Way
St.Vincent Heart Center has a high-volume, and growing, vascular surgery program. Our surgeons lead the way in minimally invasive and endovascular procedures, which are guided by cutting-edge imaging technology.
Raising the Standard of Vascular Care
We emphasize a minimally invasive approach to vascular surgery whenever possible. For patients, this means the benefits like:
- Smaller incisions
- Faster recovery times
- Less discomfort
- Less blood loss
- Shorter hospital stays
Go the Heart Health blog to learn more about how we're leading the way in vascular surgery.