Vascular health is crucial for overall well-being. Find information on vascular care and contact a specialist near you.
Vascular Care Resources
The Society for Vascular Surgery is dedicated to providing the best information possible to patients and the public about vascular health care:
- Find answers to common questions about vascular care.
- Learn about specific conditions of the vascular system.
- Find information about testing for vascular disease.
- Explore treatment options for various vascular conditions and diseases.
Most importantly, for specific advice on your vascular health, find a vascular specialist near you. Vascular specialists are trained with a holistic approach to care and can offer you the options best suited to your needs, whether preventative, medicinal or surgical.
There are many conditions and diseases related to the vascular system. A vascular specialist can help you navigate each of these conditions.
Vascular conditions affect the veins and arteries in your body, which conduct oxygen to every living cell. Think of your veins and arteries as expressways or rivers. When there are traffic jams or road construction, or when dams break, trouble ensues. But in most cases, vascular conditions are highly treatable, often without surgery.
It is important to see a vascular surgeon, even when surgery is not needed. Here are some common questions about vascular health care:
What is the vascular system? Your vascular system is made up of vessels that carry your blood throughout your body. Arteries carry oxygen-rich blood away from your heart. Veins carry oxygen-poor blood back to your heart. Your blood leaves the left side of the heart and is pumped out to the rest of your body. Learn more.
What is vascular disease? Vascular disease is any disease of your vascular system, which includes your veins and arteries. Learn more.
What is a vascular surgeon? Vascular surgeons are specialists who are highly trained to treat diseases of the vascular system through surgical and non-surgical interventions. They also work with patients to help prevent vascular disease. Learn more.
Understanding your vascular biology may help you as you discuss your vascular health with a specialist. In general, diseases of the blood vessels (particularly the arteries) involve either blockage, usually due to atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), or degeneration (weakening of the wall) resulting in an aneurysm.
Scientists studying vascular biology are constantly looking for ways to improve patient care.
Find a Specialist
A vascular surgeon very often has long-term relationships with patients because vascular disease can be a long-term condition. If you have vascular disease, you can trust a vascular surgeon to care about your long term health and to consider all your options.
Trust your health to a certified vascular specialist.