Our staff is comprised of nationally and internationally recognized experts with experience in all forms vascular problems, treated surgically and non-surgically. Our vascular surgeons are certified by the Vascular Surgery Board of the American Board of Surgery and are professors at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Our center is located in a modern, easily accessible community environment at UM BWMC and we offer personalized diagnosis, intervention, prevention and patient education.
Diagnosing Vascular Problems
The diagnosis of vascular disorders may be as simple as a single non-invasive ultrasound test, but often precise diagnosis requires a combination of tests – especially when planning effective treatments. Diagnostic testing may include:
- Noninvasive testing in the vascular laboratory
- Computed tomographic scanning (CT scan)
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI/MRA)
- Serologic testing (Blood tests)
Intervention and Treatment
Treating vascular problems may be as simple as medical treatment with blood thinners, exercise and diet modification or other risk factor reduction strategies. However, severe or more serious vascular problems may place patients at risk for stroke, limb loss, or even death. Once diagnosed, these problems require safe and effective treatment to avoid potentially catastrophic outcomes. We treat all vascular problems and conditions, including:
- Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms
- Carotid Artery Disease
- Peripheral Artery Disease
- Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
Today when intervention is required for these serious vascular problems, surgery can often be minimized or avoided entirely through the use of minimally invasive endovascular treatments. When this is not possible or appropriate, surgery may be necessary to achieve effective and durable treatment. Our staff of highly-experienced, board-certified vascular surgeons can select the most effective treatment and discuss that with the patient and their family.
Preventing Vascular Disease
The risk factors for most serious vascular disease include hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetes, smoking, high blood cholesterol, age over 55, family history, and it's more common in men than women. Many serious vascular problems can be prevented by the right combination of medical therapy and lifestyle changes. This includes diet, exercise, smoking cessation and keeping blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes under control.
Our physicians may recommend a routine test for you in our non-invasive vascular laboratory if you have certain risk factors. They will also recommend a test our in lab if they something irregular on a routine exam. Our patients may also participate in one of our free comprehensive vascular screenings. If a mild or moderate vascular problem is detected, we can prevent it from worsening through comprehensive vascular care and regular follow-up.
For more information or to make an appointment with The Vascular Center at UM Baltimore Washington Medical Center, please call 410-553-8300.