VASCULAR CARE

Ocean Heart Group provides full management and treatment of Arterial and Venous Disorders. Vascular Care involves the medical management and surgical treatment of problems affecting circulation outside of the heart and brain, especially the legs, arms, neck and kidneys.

Imagine your vascular system as a road map, and your heart is the city’s center. Your city’s roads form a network that go in and out of your city’s center – similar to how your arteries, veins, and capillaries carry blood to and from all areas of your body, to and from your heart. When there are roadblocks or clots and blockages, our cardiologists clear the way by removing those blockages in your arteries and veins to restore normal blood flow throughout your network of “roads” to and from your heart.

What happens when your veins and arteries become blocked, exhibit narrowing, are weakened, or bulging?

Your Vascular Health can become compromised by:

Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD): PAD is the medical condition where blockages form and narrow the arteries going to the legs, stomach, arms, and head. This can restrict circulation to these areas and severely damage them. If left untreated, the body part can become infected or die.

Venous Thromboembolism (VTE): VTE is a blood clot in the vein (veins bring blood without oxygen to the heart to replenish oxygen supply). It’s related to two life-threatening conditions: Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and Pulmonary Embolism (PE). A DVT is a clot that breaks free from a vein wall, and travels to the lungs, blocking all or some of the blood supply.  This can result in a PE. A PE is a clot in the lung. Your best defense to these conditions is Early Diagnosis and Treatment

Aortic Aneurysm: An aneurysm is a weakened or bulging area on the wall of an artery. An aortic aneurysm happens when this develops on the aorta (the main artery of the body). Some aortic aneurysms may be congenital (from birth) and others may occur as a result of aortic disease or an injury. Contributing risk factors are family history, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking.

Understanding and maintaining a healthy relationship between your body’s Vascular System and your body’s Heart, Lungs, and Brain is very important if you want to live a healthy and active lifestyle!

A 70-year old with a family history of high blood pressure and high cholesterol leads a very active lifestyle that includes a lot of travel. She began noticing pain in both of legs and her lower back/ buttock region, especially while walking. She and her primary care physician thought it was a case of sciatica (radiating nerve pain). Her pain continued to worsen despite sciatica treatment.

She was referred to Ocean Heart Group for a comprehensive vascular exam and evaluation. Her angiogram (imaging of her arteries) detected a narrowing and severe blockages in major arteries in both of her legs. Through a procedure involving balloon and stenting (Percutaneous Intervention), the blockages were “opened” so that blood flow was restored in those arteries. Post procedure, she experienced immediate relief from pain in her legs and lower back region – she was able to walk with “no limitations” and resumed her very active lifestyle!

Ocean Heart Group is proud to be accredited by the Echocardiography and Nuclear Cardiology Commissions