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Here you will find links to printable fliers on the most-requested vascular topics. Just download, print and share. The fliers are free as a public service from the Society for Vascular Surgery Foundation.

Vascular surgeons are specialists who are highly trained to treat diseases of the vascular system. Your blood vessels --arteries carrying oxygen-rich blood and veins carrying blood back to the heart -- are the roadways of your circulatory system. Without smoothly flowing blood, your body cannot function. Conditions such as hardening of the arteries can create “traffic jams” in your circulatory system, obstructing the flow of blood to any part of the body.

BY DR. PAUL DIMUZIO
The vascular system involves the heart and blood vessels. The blood vessels include arteries, which are tubes that transport blood from your heart to the rest of your body, and veins, which return the blood to your heart. This complex system is involved in many diverse functions, but the most important is transporting vital oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and organs.

ARTERIES are thicker and are prone to developing blockages or dilations.

When it comes to treatments for vascular conditions, there is good news. Many vascular conditions are quite manageable, if you see a physician early. Vascular surgery and procedures are improving all the time, and sometimes no surgery is necessary. For example, in the early stages of peripheral arterial disease, the prescription is just to take regular walks. Read more about treatments on the left.

What kinds of vascular tests are most common? What happens when you have one? Will it hurt? Will it mean you need surgery? Following are the most commonly prescribed vascular tests. Be sure to ask your surgeon if you still have questions. 

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.

Patient Resources

When you or someone you love is diagnosed with a vascular condition, it can bring up a lot of questions and concerns.

For your many questions, we have some answers. In these pages, you will find original articles on common conditions, tests and treatments by vascular surgeons who are esteemed in their areas of expertise.

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