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Vascular Diseases We Treat

Vascular disorders can cause symptoms that bring challenges to your daily life. In some cases, they put you at risk for life-altering complications. At Virginia Mason Franciscan Health, you’ll find experts who understand your needs and deliver services that protect and treat your blood vessels.

Types of vascular disease we treat

You receive exceptional care for common and complex vascular disorders, including:

  • An aneurysm is a weak spot in a blood vessel wall. Some grow over time due to the constant force of blood flow. The weakened tissue may burst (rupture) or a blood clot (thrombosis) could block blood flow. These medical emergencies require immediate treatment. We deliver timely care to repair blood vessels, lowering your risk of rupture. Find out more about aortic and peripheral aneurysm treatments.

    Vascular surgeons treat aneurysms that occur outside of the brain, including ones affecting the:

    • Aorta, the large blood vessel that distributes oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the rest of the body
    • Carotid artery, which delivers blood to the brain and face
    • Femoral artery, a vessel near the groin that supplies the legs 
    • Mesenteric artery, which delivers blood to the intestines
    • Popliteal artery, a vessel behind the knee that supplies the legs
    • Splenic artery, which supplies the spleen, as well as part of the pancreas and stomac
  • Your aorta is the largest blood vessel and delivers oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the organs and rest of the body. Aortic disease can cause life-threatening complications, but our knowledgeable team can help lower your risk. We are one of the only programs in the region capable of delivering advanced treatments. Learn more about our coordinated aortic disease care.

    Types of aortic disease we treat include: 

    • Aneurysm, a weak spot in the aorta that balloons outward under the force of blood flow
    • Aortoiliac occlusive disease, narrowing of the iliac artery, which delivers blood to the legs
    • Dissection, a tear in one layer of the aorta lining
    • Rupture, a complete tissue tear that causes internal bleeding
  • Carotid artery disease affects vessels that supply oxygen-rich blood to the brain, head and face. We deliver timely care that helps more people avoid complications like stroke. Get more information about our expertise in carotid artery disease.

    Types of carotid artery disease we treat include: 

    • Aneurysm, a weak spot in one of the carotid arteries that may continue thinning over time due to the force of blood flow
    • Stenosis, carotid artery narrowing that limits blood supply
  • Peripheral artery disease (PAD) causes narrowing in the vessels that deliver oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the arms and legs. 

    PAD can also affect your organs: 

    • Renal artery stenosis, narrowing in the blood vessels that supply the kidneys
    • Mesenteric artery stenosis (mesenteric ischemia), narrowing in the vessels supplying the intestines

    Advanced stages of PAD can lead to chronic limb-threatening ischemia (CLTI). This condition occurs when your extremities don’t receive enough oxygen-rich blood. It often affects the legs and feet, and you can develop wounds or sores. Our doctors deliver personalized care that lowers the risk of amputation and improves your quality of life. Read more about chronic limb-threatening ischemia and our limb preservation services.


  • Venous disease affects vessels that return oxygen-poor blood from the body to the heart. Some conditions cause symptoms like ongoing discomfort. We have the expertise and services you need to feel better. Find out more about our vein treatment services

    Types of venous disease we treat include: 

    • Chronic venous insufficiency, blood pooling in the veins that damages vessel walls
    • May-Thurner syndrome, a nearby artery presses on the pelvic vein that returns blood from the left leg to the heart
    • Nutcracker syndrome, a rare condition in which other blood vessels compress a vein carrying blood from the left kidney
    • Pelvic congestion syndrome, enlarged pelvic veins can cause chronic pelvic pain or, in men, varicoceles
    • Varicose veins, swollen, twisted veins that typically occur in the legs
  • This rare group of conditions occurs when tissue compresses nerves and blood vessels. It can lead to vessel narrowing and blood clots. Types of thoracic outlet syndrome include:

    • Arterial, compression affecting an artery between your collarbone and ribs
    • Neurogenic, pressure on the bundle of nerves that supply your arm (brachial plexus)
    • Venous, narrowing in the subclavian vein, which carries blood from your arm to your heart

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