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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.

What kinds of vascular tests are most common? What happens when you have one? Will it hurt? Will it mean you need surgery? Find the most commonly prescribed vascular tests detailed on these pages by clicking one of the links on the left. 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.

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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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