The University of Chicago Medicine's nationally recognized specialists are trained in vascular and endovascular treatments. In order to determine the best care plan for each patient, we perform a comprehensive evaluation, which examines:
- Extent of the disease
- Overall health
- Signs and symptoms
- Tolerance for medications, procedures and/or therapies
Our highly skilled multidisciplinary team analyzes each case individually to design a tailored treatment strategy that will cater to our patient's distinct needs.
Vascular Conditions We Treat
- Aortic Disease
- Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
- Carotid Artery Disease
- Median Arcuate Ligament Syndrome (MALS)
- Peripheral Artery Disease
- Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
- Venous Disease
- Lifestyle changes can reduce your risk of advancing vascular disease. Engaging in lifestyle risk reduction — such as smoking cessation, healthy eating habits, regular exercise, blood pressure management and weight control — can lower your chances for an initial or reoccurring vascular event.
- Medications are another option for managing vascular conditions, or the underlying causes of vascular conditions. Medications can be used to treat conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes to reduce the risk of inducing vascular disease, including:
- Lipid lowering medication (statins)
- Blood pressure medication
- Anti-platelet medication (Aspirin and/or Plavix)
- Observation, such as routine ultrasound, CT and MRI are used to monitor the size and growth of aneurysms.
Patients suffering from vascular disease may require surgery to remove plaque build-up, repair an aneurysm or bypass blocked arteries. UChicago Medicine vascular surgeons are leaders in surgical treatment for vascular disease. After pioneering multiple vascular procedures, our surgeons trained other physicians around the world on new surgical techniques, so our patients can trust that we have the expertise to manage their vascular condition.
Some of the endovascular and surgical procedures available at the University of Chicago Medicine are below.