Your vascular system is a vast network of blood vessels. It includes arteries and veins that carry blood and other fluids throughout your body. With age, some lifestyle factors, such as smoking or inactivity, can cause problems for your vascular system. So can chronic conditions, such as high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity. Thankfully, experts at Lutheran's new Vascular Institute are here to diagnose and treat your circulatory issues. The care that Lutheran doctors provide can be lifesaving, and can improve your overall health and well-being.
Treating a Wide Range of Conditions
Some of the conditions treated at the Vascular Institute include:
• Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD) happens when plaque builds up inside the arteries that carry blood to your heart, organs, arms and legs.
• Arterial insufficiency can cause decreased blood flow from the heart down to your feet.
• Venous insufficiency happens when valves inside your veins don't work properly. Instead of pumping blood up to your heart, blood pools inside veins.
• Aneurysms form when there's an abnormal widening or bulging of a part of an artery.
Vascular issues can take a serious toll on your quality of life. For instance, with PVD, you may experience pain in your legs when walking. This can limit your ability to do daily activities, such as going to the store. When left untreated, these conditions can lead to complications, such as delayed wound healing and ulcers. That's why it's important to tell your primary doctor if you experience any pain, swelling, numbness or discoloration in your arms or legs. These symptoms could indicate a vascular problem that needs to be treated.
A Quicker Recovery
The expertly trained vascular surgeons at Lutheran offer minimally invasive techniques for treating vascular issues. Minimally invasive surgery involves smaller incisions, which often means less pain than traditional open surgery, as well as less blood loss, shorter hospital stays, reduced risk for infection and a quicker return to your regular activities.
If you think you might have a vascular problem, please contact Lutheran's Vascular Institute at 718-438-3800.
Meet Our New Physicians
Board certified in vascular surgery, Enrico Ascher, M.D., is widely known for his innovative surgical and endovascular approaches. Dr. Ascher has pioneered many vascular procedures utilizing ultrasound guidance alone and averting contrast material and radiation. He is a recognized authority in the management of carotid artery disease, abdominal aortic aneurysm, peripheral arterial blockages and vein diseases. Dr. Ascher is the founder of the Vascular Institute of New York.
Anil Hingorani, M.D., joined Lutheran's new Vascular Institute and is an assistant professor at Mount Sinai Medical Center and SUNY Downstate Brooklyn. Board certified in both general and vascular surgery, Dr. Hingorani's interests include arterial, venous, aneurysmal and chronic kidney disease. He is the recipient of numerous industry awards, as well as a member of several professional societies, including the Society for Vascular Medicine.
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