Justin Nelms, MD, chair of vascular surgery at UM BWMC, explains vascular disease and how to treat it for WMAR-TV.

Vascular disease is a collection of conditions that affect the blood vessels, which carry the blood to and from the heart.

Vascular disease can affect nearly all the other systems in the body.

If left untreated, it can lead to serious complications. This is why it is important to know your risk for vascular disease and get an evaluation if you have an increased risk. People with diabetes, high blood pressure or cholesterol, a history of smoking or family members with vascular disease are all at higher risk.

Why Choose the Vascular Center at UM BWMC

The Vascular Center at UM Baltimore Washington Medical Center (UM BWMC), which has locations in Anne Arundel County and on the Eastern Shore, provides specialized care to patients with all types of vascular diseases. Our vascular specialists provide patient-centered care through surgical and non-surgical approaches.

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The Vascular Center has three easily accessible locations where we offer personalized diagnosis, intervention, prevention and patient education.

For more information or to make an appointment with the Vascular Center, please call 410-553-8300.

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