The Gonda Vascular Center at Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota is devoted to providing advanced diagnosis and treatment in a compassionate environment for people with vascular diseases.
The vascular system is the system of blood vessels, which includes arteries, veins and lymph vessels. The arteries and veins carry blood from the heart to the tissues throughout your body and back to the heart. Vascular diseases involve occlusion, or narrowing of arteries by plaques, causing reduced blood flow through these vessels to the arms, legs, head and neck or to the abdominal organs, such as the kidneys and the bowel. In addition, ballooning of the arteries, usually of the main artery of the body (aorta), results in aortic aneurysms. Rupture of these may cause bleeding and even death.
Numerous problems can result from these diseases — ranging from leg pain during physical activity (claudication) to deterioration of skin leading to ulcers and gangrene. If a condition is severe, it may require open vascular surgery or endovascular interventions, such as angioplasty or stents.
An aortic aneurysm can be repaired with stent-grafts or open surgery. Acute leg swelling due to blood clots may need treatment with drugs or interventions. Varicose veins or leg ulcers due to vein problems may need intensive medical treatment, surgery or other interventions. Long-lasting or chronic thrombosis or compression of the main vein in the abdomen or pelvis (the inferior vena cava and iliac veins) can cause leg swelling, skin changes and even ulcers. This can be treated with stent placement.
Your visit to the Gonda Vascular Center offers a high degree of coordinated care, beginning with an examination by a vascular medicine specialist. Your care team may also include experts in diagnostic and interventional radiology and vascular and endovascular surgery, depending on your situation. Your diagnostic and treatment journey may include visits to the noninvasive vascular imaging lab, the physiology lab, and endovascular therapy or vascular surgical services, which are all available in one location.
The Gonda Vascular Center is located in the Gonda Building, a superb physical space, which, when paired with compassionate experts who have access to advanced technology, strengthens the center's effectiveness in providing exactly the care you need.
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