Live longer, walk better
Vascular specialists at Tower Health use the latest methods to find and treat diseases that affect your blood vessels and circulatory system — including noninvasive and minimally invasive treatments. Our experts work together with cardiologists, radiologists, neurosurgeons, and other specialists to provide complete care. You get advanced expertise right here in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
Leading-edge care for a full range of vascular conditions.
We treat a wide range of conditions that affect your blood vessels (arteries, veins, and capillaries) — from varicose veins and deep vein thrombosis to carotid artery disease. Although symptoms depend on the type of vascular disease you have, you should see your doctor if you notice any of these signs:
- Coldness or paleness in your leg or foot compared with the other
- Cramping or pain in your hips, buttocks or legs during walking, stair climbing or exercise
- Leg or foot weakness, numbness or tingling
- Non-healing sores on your legs or feet
- Claudication (pain in the legs)
- Shiny skin on your legs
Why should I see a vascular surgeon?
- Aortic disease, including abdominal and thoracic aortic aneurysms
- Atherosclerosis (buildup of plaque, a waxy substance, in artery walls)
- Blood clots
- Carotid artery disease (plaque buildup in the neck artery that leads to your brain that leads to a stroke)
- Deep vein thrombosis (blood clot that forms deep in the body, usually the leg)
- Lymphedema (fluid buildup in arms or legs)
- Peripheral artery disease (narrowed arteries in arms or legs)
- Pulmonary embolism (blood clot in the lungs)
- Renal (kidney) artery disease
- Thoracic outlet syndrome (compressed blood vessels or nerves)
- Varicose veins (enlarged veins just below the skin) and spider veins (tiny, thin veins visible through the skin)
- Vasculitis (blood vessel inflammation)
- Venous ulcers (sores)
Vascular Diagnosis Services
We use noninvasive tests to evaluate blood flow, including:
- Angiogram. This test includes an injection of dye to make your blood vessels easier to see.
- Duplex ultrasound. This method uses sound waves to assess blood flow. We use the test to find blocked vessels in different areas of the body.
- Pulse volume recording. This test uses blood pressure cuffs on your arms or legs. The technologist may also take measurements while you walk on a treadmill or have your arm or leg in cold water.
We also use minimally invasive intravascular ultrasound to take a closer look inside your blood vessels.
Nonsurgical Vascular Treatments
We use a variety of nonsurgical therapies to relieve symptoms.
- Lifestyle changes. Eating well, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising, and quitting smoking can help prevent and reduce symptoms of vascular diseases.
- Cardiac rehabilitation. This program combines education, exercise, and encouragement to help you feel better and get healthy.
- Medicines. Blood thinners, clot-dissolving medications, and blood pressure and cholesterol medicines treat vascular diseases.
- Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). Wound-healing treatments like HBOT can speed healing of wounds caused by poor circulation, such as diabetic ulcers or sores related to peripheral artery disease.
Minimally Invasive Procedures and Vascular Surgery
Our vascular team is experienced in a full range of treatments — from laser surgery for varicose veins and endovascular (minimally invasive) approaches to open blocked vessels to hybrid surgery that offers a less invasive surgery.