We have compiled a list of informative websites to help you find out more about vascular health. There are sites out there with misleading or inaccurate content. It is important that you refer to reputable sites like these when you are browsing the Internet for information pertaining to vascular health.
Government agency website that offers an online source of credible health information.
The eMedicine point-of-care clinical reference features up-to-date, searchable, peer-reviewed medical articles organized in specialty-focused textbooks, and is continuously updated with practice-changing evidence culled daily from the medical literature.
Health Information from the National Library of Medicine.
WebMD provides credible health information, as well as supportive community and educational services, by blending award-winning expertise in content, community services, expert commentary and medical review.
The Society for Vascular Surgery® (SVS) is a not-for-profit professional medical society, composed primarily of vascular surgeons, that seeks to advance excellence and innovation in vascular health through education, advocacy, research and public awareness.
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Sheree Gets the Right Care Across the Miles
Sheree Stanley is no stranger to health issues. The Huntsville, Texas resident has lived with high blood pressure for years and battled leg vein calcifications, a condition that causes “plaque” from calcium, fats and cholesterol to build up in the inner walls of the blood vessels in the legs. The result is artherosclerosis, or a hardening of the arteries and restricted blood flow.
For Sheree, having vein calcifications has meant undergoing stent surgery to remove the plaque deposits and restore healthy blood circulation to her legs. She first underwent the procedure years ago under the guidance of Charles West, M.D., who, at the time, was a practicing vascular surgeon in Houston.
In 2017, Sheree was again experiencing pain in her legs due to calcification. The pain became so bad that, at times, she would have to get up in the middle of the night and walk. The activity provided some relief until she started getting a burning sensation in her groin after rising.
With Dr. West no longer located in Houston, Sheree sought the medical advice of another surgeon, who ultimately recommended a second stent procedure. The surgery was unsuccessful and left Sheree looking for an alternative solution. She reached out to Dr. West, now at Cardiac, Vascular & Thoracic Surgical Associates of Fort Worth, Texas Health Physicians Group practice.
“I realized that Dr. West was miles away, but I valued his expertise,” Sheree recalls. “I made the decision to come to the Dallas-Fort Worth area with little delay because I trusted he would provide the proper treatment and care.”
Once in Fort Worth, the 60-year-old learned that she would require an aortobifemoral bypass to remove calcium deposits that had built up around her abdominal aorta, as opposed to her leg veins.
“All arteries in the body can develop calcification, the heart and peripheral blood vessels are not immune,” Dr. West explains. “Aortobifemoral bypass surgery is done to replace a blocked aorta, the blood vessel that carries the main blood supply and oxygen to the body, from the abdomen and groin into both legs. In Sheree’s case, her calcified abdominal aorta was the reason for the leg pain and burning sensation she was experiencing.”
During the six-hour minimally invasive surgery, Dr. West bypassed Sheree’s blocked aorta to redirect blood flow through a graft made of synthetic material. Sheree remained in the hospital for just four days following the surgery. With blood flow restored and her leg muscles no longer starved for oxygen, they were able to work without pain.
“Most patients who undergo aortobifemoral bypass report nearly instant relief and immediate improvement in quality of life,” Dr. West adds.
Sheree now makes the three-and-a-half-hour drive to Fort Worth once a year for an in-office vascular ultrasound. It’s a drive she is happy to make.
“Surgery was a life-changer for me,” she says. “I can do anything now―walk forever, sleep soundly. I have given up smoking, and I am so grateful for Dr. West. He is an exceptional doctor with a gift for diagnosis. I couldn’t ask for a better surgeon!”
Providers employed by Texas Health Physicians Group practice independently and are not employees or agents of Texas Health Resources hospitals.
Long-Time Patient Overcomes Circulatory Issues with Doctor's Help
We’ve long been told that our genes are our destiny. But today advances in the medical field are making it possible for many of the adverse effects of genetics to be counteracted. Thankfully so for Mary Reeves.
Heart disease runs in her family and Mary herself underwent heart bypass surgery in 1998. The procedure helped lower her risk for a heart attack, but she now deals with lingering issues in her legs. That’s why she’s been a long-time patient of vascular surgeon Jerry Light, M.D., at CVT Surgical Associates of Bedford.
The 67-year-old first met Dr. Light in 2003 when she started experiencing pain in her legs and decreased mobility. It was then that she was further diagnosed with peripheral artery disease (PAD), a condition that causes narrowing of the arteries. Dr. Light performed bypass surgery in her left leg with an aim of promoting healthier blood flow. The procedure involved redirecting blood through a grafted blood vessel to bypass her damaged artery. Unfortunately, Mary’s PAD was so severe that the graft didn’t take well.
“The leg bypass failure rate is rather high often due to the low quality of available replacement vessels, as was the case in Mary’s situation, but we’re being proactive and making strides in keeping her circulatory issues in check,” said Dr. Light.
Mary has continued to place her faith in Dr. Light, and more recently underwent another bypass procedure. This time on her right leg.
“It wasn’t an easy surgery to recover from, but I have gradually returned to walking,” Mary said. “Dr. Light is always very kind and upfront with information. I have seen him so long that he knows me like a family member or friend, and I view him in the same way.”
Mary sees Dr. Light every three months for ultrasound monitoring to detect any signs of additional narrowing in either of her legs. She knows that while her heart disease and PAD won’t go away, her vascular surgeon has the knowledge and tools to help her keep moving and on a path to better health.
Providers employed by Texas Health Physicians Group practice independently and are not employees of Texas Health Resources or its hospitals.
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Dr. West on WFAA's Good Morning Texas
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