Vascular Disease

What Is Vascular Disease?

There are nearly a dozen common vascular diseases. These diseases are caused by problems in your circulatory system and its blood vessels.

At Banner Health, our vascular specialists diagnose and treat all types of vascular disease. Our number-1 priority is to find the cause of your vascular problem so we can prevent a stroke.

Many times, we can treat your vascular problem right when it’s diagnosed using minimally invasive procedures. We can then talk about prevention methods, such as changes in your lifestyle or medication that may help you avoid surgery.

How Do I Prevent a Stroke?

You can have vascular disease and not even know it. Unfortunately, there may be no symptoms before a stroke. That’s what makes screenings so important.

At Banner Health, we want to do everything we can to prevent a stroke. That starts with education and screenings for carotid artery (the artery in your neck supplying blood to your brain) blockage. Detecting carotid artery disease early means more time for treatment before the condition gets worse.

We also provide classes and offer support to help you make lifestyle changes to cut your risk of stroke. Those changes may start with a healthy diet that lowers your blood pressure and cholesterol, more exercise, quitting smoking and learning to manage diabetes.

Is There More Than One Type of Vascular Problem?

Vascular disease restricts blood flow in your body. It normally begins in your neck, legs or abdomen and can sometimes be life-threatening. At Banner Health, we diagnose and treat all types of vascular disease problems, including:

  • Aneurysms
  • Arterial occlusions
  • Carotid artery blockages
  • Deep-vein thrombosis
  • Diabetic vascular problems
  • Peripheral arterial disease
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Varicose veins
  • Venous insufficiency

What Causes Vascular Disease?

There are several causes of vascular disease — some that are in your control and some that aren't. The most common causes include:

  • Atherosclerosis
  • Blood clot (thrombus)
  • Diabetes
  • Embolus (a tiny mass of debris in the bloodstream)
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Inflammation
  • Injury or trauma

How Are Vascular Problems Treated?

Banner Health vascular surgeons treat your vascular diseases with minimally invasive and endovascular techniques that we perform inside the blood vessel. These less-invasive procedures use smaller incisions, so you feel less pain and recover faster. Our hybrid operating rooms help our surgeons diagnose and treat many problems all in the same procedure.

Treatments for vascular disease at Banner Health include:

  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm repair
  • Angioplasty and stenting
  • Aortic dissection repair
  • Atherectomy
  • Carotid artery stenting
  • Carotid endarterectomy
  • Embolization
  • Inferior vena cava filter placement
  • Open surgical repair
  • Stent-grafting
  • Thoracic aortic aneurysm repair
  • Thrombectomy
  • Vein ablation

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