Carolinas HealthCare System

The Vascular Center at Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute consists of a team of expert vascular surgeons working collaboratively with cardiologists and vascular medicine specialists to offer individualized diagnostic and treatment options for people with vascular disease. This team approach ensures all aspects of your care are addressed.

What Is Vascular Disease?

Vascular disease refers to problems with the blood vessels: arteries, veins and smaller capillaries that make up the body’s circulatory system. It can result from thickening and blockages within a blood vessel; clots; or weakening and rupture of the vessel wall.

Types of vascular disease include:

Preventing Vascular Disease

Healthy lifestyle behaviors, including not smoking and eating a healthy, low-fat diet, can reduce the risk of complications from vascular disease. Medications can help manage blood pressure, lower cholesterol levels, prevent blood clots and treat pain. Surgical procedures can treat more advanced or complex conditions.

How We Can Help

Frequently used diagnostic tools include ultrasound and arteriography to help physicians see and evaluate areas of blockage. Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute also offers more advanced diagnostic procedures, if needed, including computed tomography (CT) angiogram, magnetic resonance (MR) angiogram and catheter-based arteriography.

When Surgery Is Needed

If surgery is needed, world-class expertise is available at Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute. Our experienced surgeons have the advanced skills needed to perform both minimally invasive and traditional open surgery. Minimally invasive procedures use a combination of angioplasty, stents and devices that remove blockages inside the vessel. The benefits of minimally invasive procedures for the patient typically include fewer days in the hospital, less pain and shorter recovery times. Other procedures offered include bypass surgery and endarterectomy, a surgical procedure to remove plaque.