Broward Health offers comprehensive, cutting-edge services to treat conditions that affect the body’s arteries and veins, or cardiovascular system.
Broward Health’s comprehensive vascular services include:
- Diagnostic testing
- Minimally-invasive vascular surgery and valve replacement
- Vascular surgery
- Interventional vascular neurology for stroke and brain aneurysm care
- Interventional radiology for peripheral vascular disease
- Cardiac bypass surgery and valve replacement
- Interventional cardiology services including stenting of the heat vessels
Our surgeons and specialists are trained and experienced in these vascular services:
- Aortic repair – Several life-threatening conditions can affect the aorta, the main artery of the body, including aortic dissections, aneurysms and occlusions. Our physicians are skilled in using the most advanced surgical technology available to treat these complex conditions. Options include:
- Endovascular stenting, the latest minimally invasive stenting techniques
- Aneurysm Surgery, open repair where the aneurysm is replaced with a graft
- Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) – This is a common condition that develops when the arteries in the leg or other areas of the body such as kidneys become narrowed or blocked, causing poor circulation and pain. Treatment options include:
- Conservative medical management, care and treatment that do not include surgical interventions
- Endovascular techniques, involving minimally invasive balloon angioplasty and stenting procedures
- Surgical bypass operations, creating a detour around the blocked arteries
- Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) a blood clot or thrombus in a deep vein. They are most common in the leg. But one may develop in the arm or other part of the body. Part of the clot, called an embolus, can break off and travel to the lungs. This is a pulmonary embolus (PE). This can cut off the flow of blood to the lungs making is difficult to breathe. PE is an emergency and may cause death.
- Varicose veins and venous disease – These are not just a cosmetic concern but can be a serious medical condition that causes pain and disability. Today there are minimally invasive procedures to treat these conditions including:
- Sclerotherapy involves injecting a solution directly into the vein; this causes the vein to scar and collapse and forces blood to reroute through healthier veins. Sclerotherapy is best-suited for smaller varicose veins/spider veins.
- Laser ablation uses laser energy, delivered through a catheter, to create intense local heat in the varicose vein, closing it off and forcing blood to reroute through healthier veins.
- Carotid artery disease – This is when plaque narrows the arteries that carry blood from the heart to the brain. If a piece of plaque should break loose, it can cause a stroke or temporary vision loss. Treatment is tailored to the individual patient and can include:
- Medication to thin the blood and help prevent clot formation
- Carotid stenting, a minimally invasive procedure in which a tiny “scaffold” is inserted into the narrowed artery to prop it open and improve blood flow
- Carotid endarterectomy, a surgical procedure in which the plaque is removed
Endovascular neurosurgical procedures include:
- Thrombolytic therapy. This procedure uses “clot-busting” medication to dissolve a clot in a blood vessel in the brain or elsewhere in the body.
- Cerebral thrombectomy ability to retrieve and remove clots efficiently from the intracranial and extracranial circulation, offering a therapeutic alternative in the treatment of acute cerebral ischemic disease.
- Endovascular coiling. A surgeon inserts a very thin metal wire that forms a coil inside a brain aneurysm to block blood flow. A brain aneurysm is a bulging, weakened area in the wall of an artery in the brain, resulting in an abnormal widening or ballooning. Because the artery wall has a weakened spot, the aneurysm is at risk for bursting if blood flow isn’t blocked. Aneurysm can be treated by coiling or clipping it closed.
- Cerebral angiography. This is a radiology procedure that looks at how blood is flowing in the brain.
- Carotid artery angioplasty/stenting. This procedure uses a small balloon and/or a tiny metal scaffold called a stent to open a narrowed carotid artery. The carotid arteries supply blood to the brain.
- Endovascular embolization treatment of arteriovenous malformations (AVM). This injection shuts off that artery and reduces the flow of blood through the AVM. Endovascular embolization by itself typically does not eliminate the AVM and is, therefore, almost always used as a preliminary step in preparation for microsurgical resection.
The Latest Technology
Broward Health Weston is home to the first Siemens Definition AS+ 128 Multi-Slice CT Scanner in Broward County. It's the world's first CT Scanner to adapt to virtually every patient and provides imaging for most types of diagnostic exams, including vessel imaging, cardiac tests and cancer staging. It's exceptionally fast – even faster than the human heart – and produces spectacular images, plus in many cases it eliminates the need for follow-up tests.
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