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Center for Vascular Disease Overview

The Center for Vascular Disease at Northwestern Memorial is dedicated to providing comprehensive care to patients with vascular disease using the newest techniques.

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Using our multidisciplinary approach, led by surgical director Mark K. Eskandari, MD and medical director Neil J. Stone, MD, patients work with a team of specialists including board-certified vascular surgeons.
We strive to provide quality patient care, improve clinical outcomes, decrease complications and re-admission rates, and enhance community-based care by collaborating with primary care physicians and visiting nurses.
The Center for Vascular Disease has five core programs:
Each program brings together a team of recognized experts focused on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of circulatory problems. This includes stroke prevention from carotid artery disease, identification and treatment of aneurysms and dissections of the thoracic aorta and abdominal aorta, blood flow problems in the legs due to peripheral arterial disease, blood clots in the legs, and varicose veins.

Vascular Disease Screening

Identifying vascular disease in the early stages is key to improving long-term outcomes. Early detection, diagnosis and intervention can reduce the risk of death, heart attack, stroke, limb loss and disability from vascular disease. Vascular disease can be diagnosed using non-invasive ultrasound testing. Northwestern Memorial’s Vascular Laboratory provides these advanced diagnostic tests seven days a week and is staffed by board-certified vascular surgeons and registered vascular technologists. Patients can also take advantage of our comprehensive low-cost

Treating Vascular Disease

Treatment options for vascular disease range from lifestyle modifications (like quitting smoking or starting an exercise program) to the newest minimally invasive techniques. Our vascular surgeons provide the full spectrum of care, including endovascular treatments (which do not require a large incision) and traditional open surgical options.

Risk Modification for Vascular Disease

Once vascular disease is identified, prompt risk factor modification is important. Identifying and reducing risk factors can help prevent the progression of vascular disease, its complications, and the development of atherosclerosis in other arteries throughout the body. We recommend:

Clinical Trials for Vascular Disease

Patients can access the newest therapies for vascular disease by participating in clinical research trials. Clinical trials in the Center for Vascular Disease focus on:
  • Minimally invasive endovascular treatments for vascular disease
  • Genetic basis of atherosclerosis, aortic aneurysms and aortic dissection
  • Methods to improve walking distance and other disabilities associated with circulation problems
  • The use of stem cells to replace damaged arteries
  • Minimally invasive treatments of varicose veins
  • Stroke prevention
  • Blood clot treatment

Emotional and Behavioral Health

Cardiac treatment is most successful when it focuses on the physical, emotional and behavioral health of the patient. Northwestern's Cardiac Behavioral Medicine service was created with the understanding that the mind and body (the heart, in particular) influence each other.

Gail M. Osterman, PhD, and an email or call 312-926-4000.

Last UpdateJanuary 28, 2014