A weakening of the aortic artery that causes a bulge in the artery is known as an aortic aneurysm. The aorta, the body’s main artery, distributes blood from the heart to the body. Aneurysms most commonly form in the belly also known as abdominal aortic aneurysm. If the aneurysm forms in the upper portion of the body it is known as a thoracic aortic aneurysm. Weakening of the artery over time can cause it to burst and can lead to hemorrhage and ultimately death.
- Abdominal aortic aneurysm open repair Tab 1
- Endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) Tab 2
Peripheral Arterial Disease is a disease when plaque accumulates and travels through the body. Atherosclerosis develops when plaque builds up in the body’s arteries. Plaque can harden the arteries over a period of time. The hardened arteries limit the flow of blood to the body and organs.
Symptoms of Peripheral Artery Disease
- Claudication Tab 1
- Diabetic Ulcers Tab 2
Treatment Options for Peripheral Artery Disease
- Angiogram Tab 1
- Angioplasty Tab 2
- Atherectomy Tab 3
- Bypass Tab 4
- Stent Tab 5
Carotid artery disease occurs when plaque accumulates inside the carotid artery. Plaque can accumulate in the walls of your arteries as you age. Plaque is made up of fibrin tissue, cholesterol, and calcium. When the plaque increases, your arteries narrow and become hardened. This is the definition of atherosclerosis, or hardening of the peripheral arteries. Eventually, enough plaque builds up to decrease blood flow through your carotid artery, or can cause some irregularities in the normally smooth inner walls of the arteries.
- Endarterectomy Tab 1
- Stent Tab 2
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