Integrated Vascular Center
Our exceptional team of specialists treats diseases affecting blood flow within the body’s veins and arteries. From vascular surgeons, interventional cardiologists and interventional radiologists to podiatrists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and registered vascular technologists, we utilize advanced, minimally invasive technology to accurately diagnose and treat many of the most prevalent circulation problems.
Untreated or poorly treated vein and artery conditions can have long-term, serious complications, including chronic or ongoing pain, inpatient hospital stays, amputation, and possibly stroke or heart attack. If your primary care provider has not been able to bring you symptom relief or you are looking for another opinion, our team may be able to help you with advanced treatment options.
Finding Medical Help for Blood Flow Problems
When traditional treatments such as bandaging, debridement (cleaning of damaged skin) or the use of compression stockings do not relieve symptoms, more advanced therapies are required. With conditions of the veins and arteries, earlier treatment may help avoid long-term complications such as inpatient hospital stays and amputation.
While some vascular problems do not have symptoms, others do. If you are experiencing high blood pressure or chronic pain, tiredness, itching, burning or swelling in your arms or legs, and/or you have a family history of blood flow problems, please contact the Integrated Vascular Center today to schedule a consultation.
Diagnosis is performed in our vascular laboratory by our double-certified vascular imaging technician or one of our interventional radiologists. Venous and arterial diagnostic procedures are non-invasive techniques that are painless.
- Duplex ultrasound
- Computed tomographic venogram and magnetic resonance venography with State-of-the-Art 3D Reconstruction
- Abdominal aortic aneurysm screening
- Ankle-brachial index (ABI)/Toe pressure
- Arterial ultrasound & Doppler
- Computed tomographic angiography and magnetic resonance angiography with state-of-the-art 3D reconstruction
- Exercise ABI
In one location, patients can visit the Integrated Vascular Center for both diagnosis and treatment of their blood flow conditions. Some of the conditions the Integrated Vascular Center at Denver Health identifies and treats include:
- Aortic Aneurysms – A weak spot or bulge has developed on the aorta – the body’s main artery
- Chronic Arterial Insufficiency – Arteries become narrowed due to atherosclerosis from fatty deposits along artery walls; may lead to arterial ulcers or wounds that will not heal due to poor circulation
- Chronic Venous Insufficiency – Vein walls and/or valves that help blood return to the heart from the legs are not working correctly; may result in shallow wounds or ulcers on the skin that do not heal (venous skin ulcers)
- Peripheral Vascular Disease – Plaque build-up from fat deposits narrow the arteries that carry blood to the head, legs, arms, stomach or kidneys
- Varicose Veins – Weakened vein walls and/or valves cause twisted and enlarged veins near the surface of the skin in the legs and ankles.
- Thoracic Outlet Syndrome – Musculoskeletal compression of the subclavian artery and vein result in painful arm swelling; this condition is commonly seen in athletic individuals.
- Stroke Prevention – Carotid endarterectomy
- Hemodialysis Access
- Wound care for Venous Ulceration
Many of the therapies we offer for vein and artery conditions are minimally invasive and performed on an outpatient basis, so a hospital stay is not necessary. Plus, minimally invasive treatments allow you to get back to your daily routine much faster. Some therapies, however, do require a hospital stay so that our team can provide support during recovery.
- Radiofrequency ablation
- Bypass surgery/endarterectomy
- Coil/particle embolization
- Dialysis fistula creation
- Endovascular stenting