Blood Vessel 101
There are two main types of blood vessels. Arteries carry blood from the heart to the brain, arms, legs and other organs. The vessels that return blood to the heart from these areas are called veins.
Mending Local Hearts With Leading Expertise
Lexington Medical Center’s advanced vascular surgeries treat cardiovascular disease — commonly a blockage or rupture — in the peripheral arteries. Peripheral arteries are located outside the heart or brain, or those leading to the legs or internal organs.
Lexington Medical Center surgeons perform a range of effective vascular surgeries including:
- Carotid Endarterectomy
- Open Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Repair
- Stent AAA Repair
- Peripheral Artery Disease Treatment
Under the leadership of Dr. Jeffrey Travis, a board certified general and heart surgeon, Lexington Medical Center offers the latest therapies and procedures to restore blood flow through the body’s intricate network of blood vessels.
The PAD Problem
Peripheral artery disease (PAD), a narrowing of the blood vessels, can lead to serious circulation problems. As a result of decreased blood flow, critical organs such as the brain, heart and legs may not have enough blood to function. People with PAD may not exhibit symptoms. In face about half of people who are diagnoses with PAD, do not exhibit symptoms.
You may be able to prevent PAD from occurring in the first place. To reduce your risk:
- Stop Smoking
- Eat a balanced diet that includes fruits and vegetables
- Lower elevated cholesterol
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Drink alcohol in moderation
- Exercise a minimum of 30 minutes per day
- Control diabetes
- Control high blood pressure
If you have PAD, you can slow its progress with the above guidelines. As always, talk to your doctor about your risk for PAD or any other vascular diseases.