Vascular and Endovascular Diseases and Conditions

Vascular and endovascular surgeons in the Heart & Vascular Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) provide advanced, collaborative care for the full scope of vascular and lymphatic diseases and conditions. Our surgeons specialize in evaluating and treating patients using state-of-the-art techniques, including minimally invasive endovascular approaches.

From more common vascular conditions, such as carotid artery disease to life-threatening problems such as ruptured aneurysms, we have the surgical and medical expertise and latest technologies necessary to provide optimal care. We also specialize in providing vascular care for patients who have other health concerns, including the elderly and people with diabetes.

Below is a list of the diseases and conditions that are treated by Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at the Heart & Vascular Center.

Aneurysm: Abdominal, Aortic, Thoracic, Peripheral

An aneurysm is a bulging, weakened area in the wall of a blood vessel, resulting in an abnormal widening or ballooning greater than 50 percent of the vessel's normal diameter. Learn more about abdominal, aortic, thoracic and peripheral aneurysms.

Atherosclerosis

This condition involves the buildup of plaque (mainly cholesterol deposits) within the arteries, which decreases the flow of blood and oxygen to vital body organs and extremities. Learn more about Atherosclerosis.

Carotid Artery Disease

This disease is characterized by the narrowing of the carotid arteries, the main blood vessels for carrying oxygenated blood to the brain, which increases the risk of a stroke. Learn more about carotid artery disease.

Cerebrovascular Disease

Cerebrovascular disease refers to conditions that adversely affect blood flow to the brain. Learn more about cerebrovascular disease.

Heart Rhythm Disorders

Disturbances in the normal rhythmic beating of the heart, causing it to beat too slowly (bradycardia) or too quickly (tachycardia), are caused by a problem with the heart’s electrical system. Learn more about Heart Rhythm Disorders.

Peripheral Artery Disease

This slow and progressive circulation disorder affecting the arteries that supply the legs or arms with blood is usually caused by atherosclerosis. Learn more about peripheral artery disease.

Renal Artery Stenosis

This condition involves a blockage of an artery to the kidneys, which may ultimately lead to kidney failure and hypertension (high blood pressure). Learn more about renal artery stenosis.

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Compression of nerves or vessels in the thoracic outlet – a small area between the collarbone, first rib, and vertebrae – can cause pain in the neck and shoulder, numbness and tingling of the fingers, and a weak grip. Learn more about Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.

Venous and Lymphatic Disorders

Left untreated, these conditions can lead to significant pain, itching, swelling and medical complications. Learn more about venous and lymphatic disorders.

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