Vascular Care

Your vascular system, also known as your circulatory system, is the network of vessels and tissues that supply your body with blood, oxygen and lymph—a clear fluid made of white blood cells. That means a problem in your vascular system can quickly affect your organs, including your heart. Trust the experts at UNC Medical Center to diagnose and treat vascular conditions to keep you in your best health.

Vascular Conditions We Treat

Find treatment for the full spectrum of conditions affecting your arteries and veins at UNC Medical Center, including:

  • Aortic diseases – Conditions of the large artery that carries blood from your heart to the rest of your body

  • Aneurysm – A bulge in the artery that could burst or split, causing internal bleeding

  • Carotid artery disease (CAD) – A buildup of plaque that narrows the arteries carrying blood to your brain

  • Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) – A narrowing of the arteries, especially those to your legs, due to a buildup of plaque

  • Mesenteric artery ischemia – A narrowing of the arteries that carry blood to your intestines

  • Renovascular hypertension (RVHT) – High blood pressure due to narrowing of the arteries that carry blood to the kidneys

  • Venous insufficiency – A condition in which veins have difficulty sending blood from the legs back to the heart

  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) – A blood clot that forms in a vein, usually in the leg

    • Varicose veins – Painful, bulging veins
    • Spider veins – Small veins that look like a web under the skin
  • Vascular malformations – Abnormal clusters of blood vessels and/or lymph vessels that are present at birth

Vascular Procedures and Treatments

If conservative measures are appropriate for your vascular condition, we’ll advise you on lifestyle changes or prescribe medications that can treat your condition. If you need more advanced care, you’ll be able to take advantage of the newest and most technologically advanced treatments, including:

  • Angioplasty stenting – A procedure that uses a medical balloon to open a blocked artery and improve blood flow, then places a small mesh tube, called a stent, in a blood vessel to keep it open
  • Endarterectomy (including carotid endarterectomy) – Surgery to remove plaque from a narrow or blocked artery and restore blood flow
  • Endovascular stent graft – Inserting a tube of special fabric supported by a stent into an artery to support a weak spot and treat an aneurysm
  • Surgical aneurysm repair – Repairing or removing an aneurysm through an incision in your skin
  • Surgical bypass – Using a graft (a blood vessel from your body or a plastic tube) to reroute your blood flow to avoid a blocked artery
  • Venous access, including dialysis access – A procedure that creates safe and efficient entryway into your bloodstream
  • Thrombolytic therapy – Using a catheter and/or injected medication to break up clots in your blood vessels
  • Treatments for varicose and spider veins

o Sclerotherapy – Injecting a solution into your veins to eliminate varicose or spider veins

o Laser ablation – A minimally invasive treatment that uses a laser to close varicose veins and divert blood flow to nearby healthy veins

o Phlebectomy – A minimally invasive treatment to remove visible varicose veins

Leading the Way in New Treatments

When you get vascular care at UNC Medical Center, you benefit from the expertise and groundbreaking treatments and procedures available only at an academic medical center. If you qualify for a clinical trial—a test of a drug or medical device in people—you’ll have the opportunity to treat your disease with the latest medications, devices or technologies.

Contact Us

Call the Heart & Vascular Center referral line at 866-862-4327 to find specialists, make an appointment or learn more about preventing heart disease.

Open Access is a new physician referral service, created by the UNC Center for Heart & Vascular Care, which coordinates all admissions and transfers through a single phone call and guarantees immediate acceptance for patients. Please contact us to learn more or call 866-862-4327.

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