Peripheral Vascular Program Conditions and Treatments

When blood vessels do not work as they should, you can experience many symptoms that affect your overall health and well-being. The Peripheral Vascular Program specialists at Orlando Health Heart & Vascular Institute diagnose and treat many vascular (blood vessel) conditions. We use the latest technology and treatments to help you get back to living your life to the fullest.

Diagnostic Tools We Use at the Peripheral Vascular Program

To determine the severity of your specific vein condition, we use advanced diagnostic tools, including:

  • Angiography (injecting a dye into your blood vessels to check blood flow)
  • Ankle-brachial index or ABI (comparing blood pressure in your ankle and arm)
  • Blood tests
  • Catheter angiography (examining the blood vessels using a long, thin tube) 
  • Computerized tomography (CT) scan
  • Magnetic resonance imagery (MRI) scan
  • Ultrasound
  • X-rays

Treatments We Offer at the Peripheral Vascular Program

We work with you to create a personalized treatment plan to help manage your condition. Our specialists follow the Society for Vascular Medicine (SVM) and Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) guidelines to maximize your care. The specialists at Orlando Health Heart & Vascular Institute work as a team to coordinate your treatment.

Our treatment options include:

  • Lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking and eating a healthy diet
  • Medications to control diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol
  • Anticoagulant medications to slow down blood clotting 
  • Antiplatelet medications to prevent blood clots
  • Supervised exercise therapy
  • Angioplasty procedure (inserting a balloon or stent (mesh tube) in a blood vessel to make it wider)
  • Thrombolytic therapy (injecting a clot-dissolving drug into your artery)
  • Atherectomy procedure (removing plaque from the inside of the blood vessels with a blade or laser)
  • Bypass surgery (creating a path around a blocked artery by using a synthetic blood vessel or one of your own blood vessels)

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