What is Vascular Surgery?Vascular surgeons provide both medical and surgical care for the blood vessels of the body. This includes arteries, veins, capillaries, and lymph vessels, but not usually the heart or large vessels immediately surrounding the heart -- those are cared for by cardiologists or cardiothoracic surgeons. Some of the blood vessel disorders that might require treatment by a vascular surgeon include:
- Atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries
- Varicose veins
- Venous thrombosis, or clots in the veins
- Peripheral arterial disease, where narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to the legs
- Carotid artery stenosis, or narrowing of the arteries leading to the brain
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