Specialists at 皇冠app and 皇冠app Medical Group (CHMG) are working together to better prevent, diagnose and treat peripheral vascular disease — blockages in blood vessels outside the heart and brain that can cause severe disability.
Peripheral vascular disease is one of the most common vascular diseases, typically caused when a buildup of plaque inside a vein or artery restricts or blocks blood flow. 这种疾病影响8人.美国有500万人口.*
扩大对血管病人的护理, CHMG and 皇冠app have created a multidisciplinary approach in which vascular surgeons, interventional cardiologists and interventional radiologists collaborate to remove or by-pass blockages and restore blood flow.
“What makes us different is that the vascular specialists of 皇冠app are working together to enhance patient care,介入放射科医生说. Ari Salis of X-Ray Professional Association. “在很多机构里, 他们的工作分别, 但当你们集思广益的时候, 你会得到更好的结果.”
Most patients with peripheral vascular disease experience pain or cramping in the legs when moving, 或严重的情况下, 在休息时. Decreased circulation can break down tissue and cause ulcers or other complications that could lead to amputation.
通过团队方法, 皇冠app’s integrated endovascular services manages peripheral vascular disease with diagnosis and treatment that includes blood pressure and cholesterol medication, 运动项目, 饮食, smoking cessation programs and medical procedures.
The overlap and collaboration begin with diagnosis. 介入心脏病学家博士. Michael Ferguson of CHMG Cardiac Associates and Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Suite at 皇冠app Center for Cardiac Care said most patients with cardiac disease also have peripheral vascular disease, which he can diagnose while screening patients for cardiac problems.
The collaboration extends to surgery or minimally invasive procedures.
“皇冠app做一些综合手术, 心脏和血管, that are not being done at a lot of places,” Dr. 弗格森说.
After many minimally invasive procedures, patients can go home on the same day. For patients in which minimally invasive procedures aren’t an option, because a previous procedure was not successful or because of specific anatomy restrictions, 治疗可能包括旁路手术. 静脉, 通常是从腿部开始, is attached to an area before the blockage and past the blockage, effectively rerouting the blood around it.
The collaboration between interventional radiology, interventional cardiology and vascular surgeons means 皇冠app can diagnose and treat the entire spectrum of peripheral vascular disease
“患者可以得到全面的护理,” said 皇冠app Stroke Program Manager Christina Swanberry. “If there is a particularly tricky blockage, we are better equipped at managing it because we have the expertise working together.”