Vascular Disease

Patients receive state-of-the-art care for vascular disease, including exams, screenings and treatment. The MaineHealth network includes highly skilled teams of specialists, including cardiologists, vascular surgeons and interventional radiologists.

What is vascular disease?

Vascular diseases are conditions that affect the blood vessels. Your blood vessels are the arteries and veins that pump blood throughout your body. Vascular disease is any condition that affects your blood vessels or circulatory system.

Vascular disease conditions

  • Peripheral artery disease: Peripheral arteries (blood vessels outside your heart) may become narrow or clogged from the buildup of fat and cholesterol (plaque) on the inside walls.

  • Aneurysm: A bulge or ballooning can form in a weakened blood vessel. They most commonly form in the aorta, which is the main blood vessel leaving the heart. Often they also occur in the brain, intestine, spleen and behind the knee.

  • Peripheral venous (vascular) disease: Any disease or disorder of your circulatory system outside of the brain or heart. It most often is seen in the arms and the legs.

  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolus: A blood clot that forms in a vein, deep in the body.  DVT usually forms in the leg. The blood clot can loosen and travel to the lungs, known as a pulmonary embolus.

  • Varicose veins: Enlarged veins, usually in the legs and feet, can cause pain and discomfort. Varicose veins can be a sign of a circulatory problem.

Vascular disease treatment

If you are having vascular problems, call your primary care doctor or family healthcare provider for an appointment. You may be referred to a vascular disease specialist.

Depending on the specific diagnosis, vascular disease treatment may include lifestyle changes, medication, minimally invasive procedures and surgery.

Cardiovascular Institute at Maine Medical Center

Nationally Recognized Cardiac Center

The Cardiovascular Institute at Maine Medical Center offers the most advanced skill and care for heart patients. The heart program is the largest of its kind in northern New England.

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