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Vascular Medicine

Why choose Ochsner Health for your vascular medicine needs?

The vascular system is a complex network of arteries, vessels, veins and lymph vessels that carries blood from your heart throughout your body. If something goes wrong with that system, specialized care leads to an accurate diagnosis, proper treatment and protection against short- or long-term complications. Ochsner Health offers a comprehensive vascular medicine program for residents of Louisiana and Mississippi.

From common to rare vascular diseases, our specialists can address it all. They use cutting-edge diagnostic and therapeutic tools to detect your problem and improve your health.

Detecting and treating vascular disease early can improve your quality of life, help you maintain independence and reduce your risk of serious complications. Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a leading cause of amputation. Caused by blocked arteries that send blood to the legs, PAD causes pain when climbing stairs, working out or walking.

Other vascular issues cause leg swelling, throbbing or pain. Your blood pressure may be hard to control. You may develop wounds on your hand, foot or leg that won’t heal.

These symptoms and others indicate you need vascular medicine care.

A few conditions we treat include:

  • Blood clots in the legs (deep vein thrombosis) or lungs (pulmonary embolism)
  • Blue toe syndrome — painful and discolored toes that appear blue or purple
  • Carotid bruits — a sound within the carotid arteries that can help identify narrowing in the carotid arteries
  • Carotid stenosis — narrowing of the carotid arteries
  • Claudication — cramping or pain in the lower extremity muscles
  • Gangrene — tissue death resulting from an infection or a loss of blood supply
  • Lymphedema
  • Poor circulation
  • Spider veins — small blue, purple or red blood vessels that are visible through the skin
  • Varicose veins — veins that twist and swell just under the skin, typically in the legs
  • Venous insufficiency — valves in the legs don’t function correctly, making it difficult for blood to flow from the legs to the heart
  • Weak pulse

All services provided by our vascular medicine program aim to manage your condition and improve your life. Because the vascular system connects to every area of your body, our vascular team cooperates with multiple specialists.

Depending on your needs, members of your vascular medicine care team may include one or more of the following:

Ochsner offers vascular medicine care at locations across Louisiana and Mississippi. Find a location near you.

We also offer virtual visits for follow-up care. Virtual visits give you an opportunity to follow up with a vascular expert. You can discuss ongoing symptoms, complications and more. And your team can modify your treatment plan, while you sit in the comfort of your home. All you need is an internet connection and a computer or smartphone.

Thanks to advanced technology, Ochsner vascular medicine team members can diagnose vascular disease earlier than ever. As a result, you maintain the best possible quality of life and may even avoid surgery.

Diagnostic tests that help find vascular issues include:

  • Abdominal/mesenteric artery ultrasound — uses sound waves to find blockages in the abdomen
  • Aorta and peripheral artery ultrasound — uses sound waves to find blockages in the aorta or arteries in the arms or legs
  • Arterial mapping studies — uses sound waves to evaluate the blood flow within the arms, legs and neck
  • Arterial physiological testing of both the upper and lower extremities — determines the presence and extent of peripheral artery disease
  • Carotid artery ultrasound — uses sound waves to determine if the carotid artery in the neck has blockages that could lead to a stroke
  • Carotid intimal medial thickness assessment — uses sound waves to determine the thickness of part of the carotid arteries to help identify blockages and narrowing before symptoms are present
  • Intraoperative duplex ultrasonography — testing performed during bypass surgery to help doctors see blood flow before the surgery is finished
  • Lower extremity graft surveillance — evaluation of vein bypass grafts on a regular basis following surgery
  • Pulse volume recordings of the lower and upper extremities — uses sound waves to measure blood flow in your arms or legs
  • Renal artery ultrasound — uses sound waves to diagnose renal artery problems
  • Vascular screening studies — uses sound waves to monitor your arteries and veins for blood flow problems

Once you are diagnosed with a vascular condition, we develop a tailored treatment plan. You may benefit from lifestyle changes, medications or more intense therapy. As a comprehensive vascular medicine program, we offer advanced therapies, such as endovenous laser therapy, radiofrequency ablation and sclerotherapy. During every step of your journey, we monitor your condition to keep you on the path to good health.

Vascular medicine has made tremendous strides. However, many vascular conditions remain misunderstood. At Ochsner, our vascular medicine team hopes to change that. They constantly research data to better understand vascular diseases, enhance care, reduce complications and improve patients’ quality of life.

Additionally, Ochsner is securing the future of vascular care. Through our vascular medicine training program, future vascular specialists gain firsthand experience detecting, treating and managing these conditions.

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Map of Ochsner-affiliated facilities that provide services related to Vascular Medicine

Vascular Medicine Locations

Heart & Vascular Center of Acadiana
155 Hospital Drive
Lafayette, LA 70503
  • Monday–Thursday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Friday: 8 a.m.-noon
Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center
1214 Coolidge St.
Lafayette, LA 70503
  • Open 24/7
Leonard J. Chabert Medical Center
1978 Industrial Blvd.
Houma, LA 70363
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Health Center - West Bank
120 Ochsner Blvd.
Gretna, LA 70056
  • Mon–Fri: 6 a.m.-4 p.m.
Ochsner Medical Center – New Orleans
1514 Jefferson Highway
New Orleans, LA 70121
  • Open 24/7
Slidell Memorial Hospital East
100 Medical Center Drive
Slidell, LA 70461
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Medical Center - Baton Rouge
17000 Medical Center Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70816
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Health Center - Metairie
2005 Veterans Memorial Blvd.
Metairie, LA 70002
  • Mon: 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Tues–Fri: 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Sat: 8 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
Ochsner Health Center - Kenner
200 West Esplanade Ave.
Kenner, LA 70065
Ochsner Medical Center - Kenner
180 West Esplanade Ave.
Kenner, LA 70065
  • Monday – Friday: 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.