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Our experienced vascular and endovascular teams provide a wide range of treatment options inclusive of the latest minimally invasive procedures for the treatment of vascular disease.

How is Vascular Disease detected?

Screening tests for blocked arteries, Doppler exams, detecting aneurysms and sometimes even a weak or absent pulse can be a strong indicator of the disease.

What are the symptoms?

  • Intermittent pain or cramping (known as claudication) in the arms or legs that occurs with exercise and subsides with rest
  • Numbness of extremities
  • Weakness and atrophy of calf muscles
  • Feeling of coldness in the legs and feet
  • Changes of color of feet
  • Painful ulcers

Treatment Options and their Advantages

Northwest Medical Center and Westside Regional Medical Center offers a comprehensive range of services starting with detection and diagnosis to treatment using the latest minimally invasive endovascular surgical techniques.

Advantages of endovascular surgery include:

  • Shorter recovery period
  • Less pain
  • Use of local or regional anesthesia instead of general
  • Smaller incision
  • Less stress on the heart
  • Need for less blood products

Northwest Medical Center is the only hospital in Broward County — and one of the only 10 in South Florida — treating patients with the EKOS Ultrasound Accelerated Thrombolysis machine. This machine effectively treats some of the most vexing cases of deep vein thrombosis elimintaing the need to amputate limbs and can even save lives in extreme cases.

Staying in the know about vascular disease is your best defense. Be alert, maintain a healthy lifestyle and listen to your body.

Carotid Stenting

Severe carotid stenosis is a disease characterized as a build-up of plaque in the carotid artery which is the artery that supplies blood to the brain and when left untreated often results in a stroke.

At Northwest Medical Center we have been performing a new FDA approved minimally invasive life-saving procedure called Carotid Stenting. This procedure involves puncturing the femoral artery in the groin. Under x-ray guidance, a catheter device is then threaded through the blood stream into the carotid artery and then an angioplasty balloon and stent are inserted to hold the artery open. Also employed is a novel technology involving the insertion of a filter device which stays in place during the procedure that catches particles which are often inadvertently dislodged during angioplasty, thereby minimizing the possibility of any complications which could occur during the surgery.

Non-Invasive Vascular Ultrasound Laboratory

Ultrasound waves are used to detect disease in veins and arteries throughout the body by using pulse wave and color Doppler. Specialized exams; to name a few; are venous mapping, thoracic outlet syndrome, shunt testing, SMA Doppler and Renal Artery Doppler.

The laboratory is accredited by the American College of Radiology with a dedicated team of sonographers who are nationally registered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers.

Peripheral vascular disease refers to blockages in arteries of the brain, kidneys, and legs. Peripheral vascular disease is a form of atherosclerosis, also known as hardening of the arteries, and is a progressive disease process.

Atherosclerosis is caused when fatty substances build up inside the artery walls over time and create a narrowed opening which restricts proper blood flow. This build up is most likely to occur in the iliac arteries (lower abdomen leading to the legs), the femoral and popliteal arteries (legs), the renal arteries (kidneys) and the carotid arteries (in the neck leading to the brain).