The multi-disciplinary team of board-certified physicians, nurses and other health care professionals who are part of St. Luke's Heart Care provide the highest level of heart and vascular services in the area.
Our heart and vascular team combines the expertise of UnityPoint Health - St. Luke's Hospital, St. Luke's Heart Care Clinic and the cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons from Physicians' Clinic of Iowa (PCI). This partnership gives our patients access to comprehensive, state-of-the-art diagnoses and treatment options for Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD) and vascular conditions. We use the most advanced and innovative medical, interventional and surgical treatments, and our vascular surgeons are renowned for leading-edge care, so patients can stay in Cedar Rapids for heart and vascular care.
Vascular Treatments We Specialize In:
- Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)
- Aortoiliac Occlusive Disease
- Arm Artery Disease
- Carotid Artery Disease - including carotid stenting
- Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
- Diabetic Vascular Disease
- Facial Veins
- Hand Veins
- Mesenteric Ischemia
- Peripheral Aneurysm
- Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)/Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD)
- Pulmonary Embolism
- Renal Artery Stenosis
- Renovascular Embolism
- Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm
- Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
- TransCarotid Artery Revascularization
- Varicose Veins
- Vascular Access for End Stage Renal Disease
- Vascular Trauma
- Venous Insufficiency
- Wound care
If a condition is severe, it may require open vascular surgery or endovascular interventions, such as angioplasty or stents. Aortic aneurysms can be repaired with both stent-grafts and open surgery. Acute leg swelling due to blood clots may need treatment with drugs or interventions. Varicose veins or leg ulcers due to vein problems may need intensive medical treatment or surgery.
About Vascular Disease
The vascular system is the body's network of blood vessels that includes arteries, veins and lymph vessels. The arteries carry oxygenated blood from the heart to tissues throughout the body, and veins carry oxygen-depleted blood back to the heart.
Vascular diseases involve occlusion (narrowing of arteries due to hardened calcium, called plaque). That causes reduced blood flow to arms, legs, head, neck or abdominal organs, such as the kidneys and bowel. Vascular disease may also cause arteries to balloon (also known as an aneurysm) and/or burst, particularly the body's main artery, the aorta. Ruptured arteries may cause bleeding and even death.
Other problems resulting from vascular disease can range from leg pain during physical activity (claudication) to deterioration of skin, which can lead to ulcers and gangrene.
PODCAST EPISODE: Peripheral Vascular Disease
Dr. Aref Bin Abdulhak, St. Luke's Cardiology, joins Dr. Arnold to discuss Peripheral Vascular Disease. Signs, symptoms, preventative measures and more.
Early Detection of Vascular Disease is Vital
In most cases, with early detection, vascular disease can be treated effectively. Strokes due to carotid disease can be prevented if diagnosed early and medical treatment is undertaken.
Learn about St. Luke's low-cost, non-invasive screenings to help detect heart and vascular disease:
Who Should be Screened for Vascular Disease?
Anyone age 60 or older should be screened for vascular disease, as should individuals with these risk factors:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Family history of atherosclerotic problems and circulatory problems
For more information about St. Luke's vascular care, contact St. Luke's Heart Care Clinic at (319) 364-7101.