We screen, diagnose, prevent, and treat diseases of the arteries, veins, and lymph vessels—the vascular system. Our physicians work with you to help you manage and treat the condition before it has serious consequences. Our goal is to improve your health and quality of life.
Presbyterian is the best choice when you need treatment for vascular disease. We offer treatments that include angioplasty, open surgery and minimally invasive vascular surgery in a patient-centered, compassionate setting.
We provide minimally invasive vascular surgery to many patients. Advantages can include less blood loss, decreased pain and a quicker recovery compared to traditional open surgery.
Indications for Vascular Referral
Peripheral Artery Disease
- Cramping, pain, leg or hip tiredness while walking or climbing stairs
- Leg pain that does not go away when you stop exercise
- Leg, foot or toe ulcers that heal slowly or won’t heal at all, or gangrene
- A history of peripheral vascular intervention
- Abnormal peripheral arterial studies
- A carotid bruit (a sound heard in the area of the carotid artery)
- Stroke or TIA symptoms
- Abnormal carotid duplex scans
- A history of carotid artery intervention
- A family history of aneurysmal disease
- An abnormal thoracic or abdominal CT angiogram
- A palpable abdominal, femoral or popliteal mass on physical exam
- A previous thoracic or abdominal aortic aneurysm intervention
- Abdominal, descending aortic or peripheral aneurysm
- Bothersome varicosities
- Leg pain, aching or cramping, or leg heaviness
- Burning or itching of the skin
- Skin discoloration or skin texture changes (i.e. above the inner ankle)
- Open wound, especially above the inner ankle
- Significant leg swelling
- Deep vein thrombosis, unable to be anticoaggulated, needing an IVC filter
To help in the diagnosis of diseases of the arteries, veins, and lymph vessels (vascular disease), your physician may recommend you have one or more of the following tests:
About the Vascular Lab
Under the medical direction of an interventional cardiologist, the vascular lab at Presbyterian Heart and Vascular Care is accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories. We are leaders in the assessment and evaluation of the visceral/peripheral arterial and venous systems to detect and effectively treat vascular disease.
Contact the Vascular Lab
We are available 24-hours-a-day, seven days a week for Inpatient/ER/Urgent Care studies and Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for outpatient appointments. To schedule a study, please call 505-563-1232.
Endovascular intervention repairs damage from within the blood vessels, using angioplasty and stenting of blood vessels throughout the body, because arteriosclerosis tends to be a widespread condition affecting peripheral as well as coronary arteries. These procedures are performed by interventional cardiologists and specially trained vascular surgeons, usually working together as a team. Endovascular intervention repairs damage from within the blood vessels, using angioplasty and stenting of blood vessels throughout the body, because arteriosclerosis tends to be a widespread condition affecting peripheral as well as coronary arteries. These procedures are performed by interventional cardiologists and specially trained vascular surgeons, usually working together as a team.
Presbyterian Heart and Vascular Care has a very active program of carotid artery stenting for the prevention of stroke. We use a newly approved intravascular filtering device in conjunction with angioplasty and stenting. A major component of acute stroke treatment by our stroke alert team is neurovascular intervention by highly skilled specialists. Intravascular administration of clot-dissolving drugs in the earliest minutes and hours of a stroke can be critical in preventing serious brain injury and neurological impairment, similar to intervention during a heart attack.
Angioplasty and stenting of the arteries that supply blood to the legs help treat a circulatory condition called “intermittent claudication,” due to peripheral vascular disease (PVD), which causes dull, cramping pain in the hips, thighs or calf muscles while walking, and occasionally while at rest. Rotoblator techniques that shave large quantities of plaque are often used as part of these procedures. Deep vein thrombosis of the legs is sometimes treated by interventional procedures. Vascular intervention also may be used in the arteries that supply blood to the kidneys to treat some forms of kidney disease and to treat uncontrolled high blood pressure.
We have a very active aortic stent graft program for nonsurgical treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms (weakened areas of the wall of the aorta). Stent grafts are devices that are inserted into the abdominal aorta by endovascular interventional techniques performed by a team of experts.
Embolization therapy is a type of procedure used by our interventional radiologists to treat a variety of conditions. Various substances can be passed through a catheter to seal bleeding arteries or starve tissue of its blood supply and create an effect similar to surgical removal. Chemotherapy drugs can be delivered through this method, as well.
This therapeutic approach has been used to:
- Resolve hemorrhages in the upper or lower gastrointestinal tract
- Control traumatic arterial hemorrhages
- Treat benign and malignant tumors
- Treat uterine fibroids to avoid hysterectomy
- Reduce vascular malformations
Our vascular surgeons have a long track record of excellence in performing such surgical procedures as carotid endarterectomy, abdominal aortic aneurysm repair and peripheral artery bypass.
Specialists in vascular surgery and endovascular surgery at Presbyterian Heart and Vascular Care offer sophisticated diagnoses and comprehensive treatment of diseases of the circulatory system (arteries, veins and lymphatics). In our excellent facilities, vascular surgeons work with interventional cardiologists and interventional radiologists using new, minimally invasive endovascular procedures that can produce excellent outcomes and rapid recovery. Specialists in vascular surgery and endovascular surgery at Presbyterian Heart and Vascular Care offer sophisticated diagnoses and comprehensive treatment of diseases of the circulatory system (arteries, veins and lymphatics). In our excellent facilities, vascular surgeons with interventional cardiologists and interventional radiologists use new, minimally invasive endovascular procedures that can produce excellent outcomes and rapid recovery.
Our vascular surgeons work closely with other specialists in cardiovascular diseases and vascular medicine, neurology, and diagnostic and interventional radiology to care for patients with common vascular diseases, complex illnesses and rare arterial, venous or lymphatic problems.