Vascular Medicine

At Henry Ford Heart and Vascular Institute, we’re proud to offer our patients specialized treatment from expert physicians who have extensive vascular medicine training and experience that enables them to identify and diagnose diseases of the circulatory system. It is important to diagnose these vascular problems early on, before they cause a sudden life-threatening event or a debilitating stroke. Vascular medicine physicians also treat leg swelling and varicose veins.

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Vascular conditions treated

Vascular Medicine, Dr. Syed Ahsan and patient

Patients who have been diagnosed with one of the following medical conditions may benefit from treatment by our vascular medicine specialists:

  • Aortic aneurysms and dissections
  • Carotid artery stenosis
  • High blood pressure/Hypertension (treatment resistant)
  • High cholesterol
  • Lymphedema
  • Non-healing wounds (including ulcers of the hands and feet)
  • Peripheral artery disease and associated symptoms, including:
  • Claudication and leg pain
  • Swelling
  • Throbbing
  • Postphlebitic syndrome
  • Renal artery stenosis
  • Subclavian steal syndrome
  • Thrombophlebitis
  • Upper and lower extremity arterial insufficiency (Reynaud’s syndrome)
  • Varicose and spider veins
  • Vasculitis
  • Venous insufficiency
  • Venous thromboembolism, including deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism

What is vascular medicine?

Vascular medicine focuses specifically on diseases affecting the circulatory system, other than the heart, which includes care of the arteries (arteries carry blood from the heart to the tissues), the veins (veins bring blood back to the heart) and the lymphatic system (carrying lymphatic fluid throughout the body). Vascular disease causes more illnesses and fatalities than heart disease, yet it often goes undetected and untreated. Increasingly, early diagnosis and treatment of vascular disease is recognized as an important component of excellent cardiovascular care.

As part of our integrated, multidisciplinary vascular medicine program, we offer specialized vascular care for treatment of arterial, venous and lymphatic conditions, along with the full range of diagnostic testing, including ultrasound, CT and MRI screening.

Vascular medicine diagnostic imaging studies

Non-invasive imaging studies for the diagnosis of vascular conditions include:

  • Abdominal aortic ultrasound
  • Carotid ultrasound
  • Non-invasive flow studies (NIFS)
  • Venous and arterial ultrasounds
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