From the Orlando Health Heart Institute offices in Downtown Orlando, board-certified vascular surgeon Edgar Guzman, MD, is dedicated to helping his patients improve their health and reclaim their best possible quality of life. He treats patients with complex and chronic diseases of the arteries, veins and lymphatic system such as carotid stenosis and peripheral artery disease, deep vein thrombosis and more.
Vascular Surgery Specialist
Vascular surgeons are the only specialists exclusively dedicated to the comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of problems with the arteries, veins and lymphatic system. While traditional surgical procedures, involving incisions on the body to allow direct repair of blood vessels remain very relevant today (especially for the most severe cases), contemporary vascular surgeons spend a significant portion of their time performing minimally invasive operations carried out from within the blood vessels. Beyond the operating room, vascular surgeons offer lifestyle management and medication-based therapies.
Given the chronic nature of vascular disease, vascular surgeons have long standing relationships with their patients and are in a position to develop long term plans of care combining the treatment modalities mentioned above. Additionally, it is not rare for vascular patients to develop vascular issues affecting different organ systems. Vascular surgeons are trained to manage all vascular conditions outside of the skull and heart.
Most importantly, given their scope of practice, vascular surgeons are in a unique position to select and carry out the best treatment modality among all options available for any given case.
Diagnosis and Treatment
To restore blood flow to affected areas, Dr. Guzman and his team move quickly to identify the location of the blockage and perform the most appropriate procedure. While many blockages can be treated with minimally invasive surgery, others require more complex procedures such as bypass surgery. In addition to a patient’s health history, family history and a physical exam, diagnostic tests may include:
- Blood pressure comparison of arms and legs
- Blood vessel MRI and CT scans
- Blood tests
- Treadmill tests
- Genetic predisposition
Risk Factors for Developing Cardiovascular Disease
The major risk factor for developing cardiovascular disease is smoking, however other risk factors are significant and include:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Family history of the disease
- Existing heart disease
- A previous stroke
About Orlando Health Heart Institute
The renowned cardiologists, surgeons and cardiovascular professionals at Orlando Health Heart Institute use the latest proven techniques, equipment and processes, while communicating openly with patients and their families throughout the treatment process. Integrated, multidisciplinary care, along with an environment designed around patient needs, is revolutionizing cardiovascular care in Orlando and Central Florida.
Orlando Health Heart Institute offers convenient care close to home with 25 locations across Greater Orlando and next-day appointments for new patients. Dr. Edgar Guzman is dedicated to helping his patients improve their health and reclaim their best possible quality of life.