What is vascular disease?

Vascular disease is often referred to as a silent threat, as the symptoms of vascular disease may be sudden or may not present themselves at all. Vascular disease includes any medical condition that affects the circulatory system, including diseases of the arteries, veins and lymph vessels. Common vascular conditions we treat include:

Why choose Ohio State for vascular care?

At Ohio State's Integrated Vascular Center, our patients benefit from the coordination of experts in all fields of vascular medicine, from diagnosis and management of vascular disease to complex surgeries and treatments not offered elsewhere in the area. Ohio State is a leader in the care of patients with vascular diseases, performing hundreds of vascular procedures each year.

Because of the expertise of our surgical teams and our experience in highly specialized procedures and advanced techniques, Ohio State's Integrated Vascular Center is a regional referral center for patients who come to us from all parts of Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Indiana, Kentucky and the Midwest.

  • Ohio State is home to the state’s first Level One Heart and Vascular Emergency program, which mobilizes a team to provide emergency treatment for life-threatening heart and vascular conditions.
  • Our Aortic Center offers multidisciplinary team care for patients with thoracic aortic aneurysms and thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms.
  • Our Limb Preservation Program features highly trained experts dedicated to healing wounds, saving limbs and preventing amputation.
  • The Ohio State Peripheral Vascular Laboratory features full-service diagnostic testing accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories.

Vascular disease risk factors

  • Are you more than 70 years of age?
  • Are you more than 50 years of age with a history of diabetes or smoking?
  • Are you under the age of 50 with a history of diabetes and other risk factors such as obesity, high blood pressure or coronary artery disease?

If you have any of these risk factors, talk with your physician to see if you are a candidate for a vascular screening test, or call Ohio State’s Heart and Vascular Center at 888-293-ROSS (7677) to request an evaluation.

Ohio State's Aortic Center

Ohio State's Aortic Center is dedicated exclusively to conditions of the thoracic and abdominal aorta, which is an artery that runs from the chest to the abdomen. As a patient, you'll benefit from the combined expertise of vascular surgeons, cardiac surgeons, cardiologists and anesthesiologists who specialize in the latest techniques and technologies for the treatment of thoracic aortic conditions, including open surgical repair and the newest techniques in minimally invasive standard and fenestrated or branched endografts.

Endovascular care for vascular disease

"Endovascular" means that treatment is performed through your blood vessels rather than requiring traditional open surgery. In an endovascular procedure, your doctor inserts a long, thin tube called a catheter through a small incision in your groin or arm. The catheter is guided through the blood vessels to the point of treatment.

Ohio State's Integrated Vascular Center offers you rapid access to our expert endovascular services, whatever your level of vascular disease. Many people receive endovascular treatment because they have peripheral arterial disease (PAD). PAD is a common circulatory problem in which narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to the limbs.

Our specialists offer a variety of progressive endovascular therapies for vascular problems, ranging from the simplest to the most complex. For those who are candidates, these procedures may be a lower risk alternative to traditional open surgery.

Because Ohio State's vascular surgeons are exceptionally experienced, they provide a higher level of comprehensive care. The ability to collaborate and consider each case from different angles allows for a highly targeted approach to the treatment of vascular diseases. Endovascular procedures are minimally invasive and may result in less discomfort, faster healing and shorter recovery times for the patient.

Vascular surgery

The Integrated Vascular Center performs hundreds of vascular surgeries each year, and our experienced specialists are leading experts in their fields. We offer complete care for your vascular condition, from your initial visit, to diagnostic testing, interventional or minimally invasive endovascular treatments such as stenting and angioplasty, open surgical treatments such as bypass surgery, and – most importantly – ongoing lifelong post-treatment care.

Common vascular conditions that we treat include:

  • Aortic aneurysms
  • Carotid artery disease and strokes, including carotid endarterectomy and stenting
  • Peripheral artery disease (PAD)
  • Claudication or pain in the legs while walking or exercising
  • Ulcers or sores on the legs
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • Varicose veins

Limb preservation

Vascular diseases – including diabetes and peripheral artery disease (PAD) – account for more than half the amputations in the United States. With early intervention and expert care, many of these limbs can be saved.

The Limb Preservation Program at Ohio State’s Comprehensive Wound Center offers highly skilled specialists from multiple fields, along with the latest treatments and technology for limb-threatening conditions. If you are at risk for limb loss, Ohio State’s Limb Preservation Program can help.

Vein procedures

Ohio State’s experienced vascular surgeons provide in-depth diagnosis and individualized treatment plans for those who have venous disease, spider veins, varicose veins and vascular birthmarks. Whatever your vein condition, we offer the expertise and technology to improve your vascular health. All of our procedures are performed by board-certified vascular surgeons. Our expertise means that we treat not only the cosmetic surface issues, but also the underlying vein conditions that might be leading to your condition.

Ohio State is home to the first facility in the region dedicated to vein care. Located in a comfortable and convenient office setting at our Outpatient Care Upper Arlington office, Total Vein Care offers you a wide range of innovative treatment options for varicose veins and other vascular issues, including injection sclerotherapy, radiofrequency vein closure and minimally invasive vein surgery.

Contact your primary care physician to schedule a consultation with one of Ohio State’s vascular surgeons at Total Vein Care: 614-366-8346.

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