Vascular surgery is the treatment of surgery on diagnosed patients with diseases of the arterial, venous, and lymphatic systems. Vascular disease is among the leading causes of death in the United States, yet is generally asymptomatic until a catastrophic event occurs, such as a stroke or aneurysm rupture. Although preventive screening is available, millions of Americans at risk for stroke or death from vascular disorders remain unaware of their risk.

Individuals 55 years of age or older with cardiovascular risk factors such as a history of hypertension, diabetes mellitus, smoking, hypercholesterolemia, or known cardiovascular disease may benefit from preventive screening for vascular disease. Noninvasive screening examinations have proven to be accurate in detecting vascular disease prior to active warning signs and before a major medical incident. Appropriate screening examinations in high-risk individuals include:

• Ultrasound scan of the aorta to identify aortic aneurysms

US screening for AAA is recommended for all men at or older than 65 years. Screening men as early as 55 years is appropriate for those with a family history of AAA

US screening for AAA is recommended for all women at or older than 65 years with a family history of AAA or who have smoked

• Ultrasound scan of the carotid arteries to assess stroke risk

• Blood pressure measurements in the legs to identify PAD and risk of heart disease

Treatment options include: medical therapy, minimally invasive or endovascular therapy and open surgery. With years of experience and our successful patient outcomes we are recognized by our community as leaders in the surgical treatment of peripheral vascular disease.

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