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A Total Body Approach to Circulatory Disease

Penn Medicine addresses the challenges of diagnosing and treating the thousands of miles of vessels in the body that make the circulatory system with a unique group of physicians.

Access to Multispecialty Expertise Made Easy

The specialists in the Vascular Medicine Program at Penn partner with a broad range of other specialists from other fields to deliver comprehensive care to patients with all forms of vascular disease, no matter where it occurs in the body. These include:

  • Cardiologists
  • Radiologists
  • Nephrologists
  • Neurologists
  • Diabetologists
  • Hematologists
  • Vascular surgeons
  • Neurosurgeons

Experience patients can rely on

Patients can rely on excellent care at Penn because:

  • Penn Medicine offers the most fully integrated and comprehensive care for vascular disease available in the Philadelphia region.
  • Penn’s stature in the field positions itself as one of just sixteen centers in the United States to offer vascular medicine training programs.

Physicians with credentials that translate to the best in quality care

Penn physicians are able to provide quality care because:

  • Penn’s vascular medicine specialists are board certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular medicine.
  • They provide consultation and training for medical professionals around the world.
  • They are regularly acknowledged for their talent by both peers and consumers and have been recognized by Best Doctors in America, Philadelphia magazine's "Top Docs" and America's Top Doctors.

Unique capabilities and expertise

You can expect to benefit from Penn's unique capabilities and expertise because:

  • Penn's Lipid Clinic is one of the largest in the region for the treatment of high cholesterol, offering personalized treatment plans designed to fit every patient’s lifestyle and to help them make real changes.
  • Patients with unusually high levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) who are unresponsive to drug treatment can benefit from LDL apheresis (a dialysis-like treatment). Penn’s program is one of the largest in the country.

Active research programs put Penn at the forefront of new developments in vascular medicine

Researchers at Penn are pushing the frontiers of:

  • Vascular imaging
  • Minimally invasive stenting
  • Longevity for patients with peripheral artery disease

Basic science investigations include:

  • Cell therapy to develop new arteries in legs
  • New medications to help with claudication (leg pain resulting from peripheral artery disease)

Treating the Causes and Consequences of Vascular Disease

Vascular medicine specialists diagnose and treat:

  • Problems of the arteries, veins and lymphatics (a network of vessels running alongside the vascular system) including:
    • Peripheral artery disease (PAD)
    • Carotid artery disease
    • Aortic disease
    • Renovascular disease
    • Coronary artery disease
    • Cerebrovascular disease (stroke)
    • Venous disease (leg swelling, varicose veins, vasculitis)
    • Lymphedema
  • Risk factors that predispose an individual to vascular disease such as:

Penn's program emphasizes prevention and early detection to reduce risk before problems occur and, when symptoms emerge, non-surgical therapies wherever possible. A robust arsenal of tools include:

  • A variety of noninvasive diagnostic methods
  • Lifestyle modification programs
  • Drug therapy
  • Laser therapy and sclerotherapy ablation for varicose and spider veins
  • Interventions such as balloon angioplasty and stenting

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Treatment Teams

Cardiologists at the Vascular Medicine Program are experts in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of vascular disease. Find a cardiologist for you.

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