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Arterial Conditions

Vascular Center in Washington DC

The arteries and veins transport blood throughout the body. When these pathways are affected by a disease or abnormality, the heart and other parts of the body cannot function properly which could result in life-threatening events like a heart attack or stroke. In the early stages, these conditions can usually be treated through lifestyle changes and medications. If the condition has progressed a significant amount that it presents an immediate danger to the patient, surgical intervention may be necessary.

Arterial conditions we treat include:

  • AtherosclerosisCholesterol and calcium build up in the arteries and create a substance called artery plaque. When artery plaque becomes severe, it narrows the arteries and increases the risk of blood clot, heart attack, and stroke.
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) This is a type of atherosclerosis that impedes blood flow to the legs and/or arms. It is a very common condition that typically occurs in patients 60 and older.
  • Carotid Artery DiseaseThe carotid arteries supply blood to the brain. Atherosclerosis in these veins is very serious as it significantly increases the risk of stroke. There are several surgeries that can treat this condition if it presents an immediate danger to the patient.
  • Aneurysm An aneurysm is a bulging in the blood vessel caused by damage to the vessel wall. Aneurysms that are left untreated can rupture and cause serious damage to the heart and other parts of the body.

At GW Medical Faculty Associates, our vascular surgeons can intervene before these conditions result in life-threatening events. Be sure to discuss cardiovascular health with your primary care physician to assess your risk for any of these conditions.