Vascular medicine is a nonoperative, medical approach to diagnosing and treating vascular disorders, including diseases of the veins and arteries.
Under the direction of a full-time vascular medicine expert, the vascular medicine program at the UPMC Hamot Heart and Vascular Institute provides medical management and treatment of the following conditions:
- Arterial stenosis
- Peripheral artery disease
- Carotid artery disease
- Atherosclerosis and lipid management
- Cerebrovascular disease
- Vasospastic disorders, including Raynaud’s phenomenon and acrocyanosis
- Uncommon vascular disorders including:
- Vasculitidies (Takayasu’s arteritis or Giant Cell arteritis)
- Fibromuscular dysplasia
- Buerger’s Disease / thromboangitis obliterans
- Venous thromboembolism (blood clots) in unusual sites or occurring during pregnancy
- Lymphedema and swollen legs
- Basic wound care
- Venous disorders
- Chronic venous insufficiency
- Venous thromboembolism (blood clots)
- Thrombophilias and coagulation disorders (blood clotting disorders)
- Anticoagulant medication management
- Prevention of post thrombotic syndrome
The UPMC Hamot Heart and Vascular Institute Thrombosis Clinic provides comprehensive services to patients with blood clots. Blood clots typically involve the veins of the legs or lungs, or they can occur in more unusual sites.
The Thrombosis Clinic specializes in:
- Evaluating patients with blood clots and prescribing blood thinners
- Evaluating risk factors for blood clots
- Evaluating blood disorders that lead to blood clots
- Preventing complications from various blood clots in the body
The Thrombosis Clinic staff works closely with primary care providers as well as emergency medicine physicians and hospitalists, who care for hospital inpatients.
Are You at Risk?
Evidence of peripheral artery disease (PAD) may be one warning sign that you are at risk for a heart attack or stroke. Learn more about a screening program offered at UPMC Hamot that can help detect PAD in its early stages.
The program also provides access to related services including:
- Referral to vascular surgeons and/or interventional cardiologists for vascular procedures
- Lymphedema treatment
- Nutritional consults
- Smoking cessation classes and support groups
- Wound care and hyperbaric oxygen therapy
- Vascular lab – arterial and venous testing and interpretation
- Vascular screenings
Gurjaipal Kang, MD
Robert Maholic, DO
Richard Petrella, MD