Resources for Patients
The Society for Vascular Medicine provides several resources for patients:
- Vascular Disease Patient Information Pages
Vascular Medicine, the official journal of the Society for Vascular Medicine, publishes the Vascular Disease Patient Information Page, a section that incorporates the latest clinical science and vascular biology to explain vascular diseases and their potential treatments to patients in simple terms. Physicians are encouraged to share these articles with their patients. Read the most recent article...
- DVT Toolkit
Many patients with acute deep venous thrombosis (DVT) can be safely and effectively treated without the need for emergency department visit. The Society for Vascular Medicine (SVM) and Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies have developed this toolkit of information for medical offices – especially primary care offices – and for patients who want to learn more about DVT. These tools can be used and customized to fit an individual practice and form the basis for an outpatient DVT treatment pathway or guideline. View the DVT Toolkit...
- AFib Decision-Making Tool
Atrial Fibrillation, or AFib, is a type of irregular heart beat in the upper chambers of the heart (the atria). As a part of this irregular function, clots may form in those upper chambers. Blood clots can then travel to other parts of the body, including the brain, and cause a stroke, one of the most serious risks for people with atrial fibrillation. Medicines that help prevent blood clots, “anticoagulants” or “blood thinners,” can reduce this risk of stroke. In the past, warfarin (Coumadin) was the only blood thinner available. Over the past several years, new blood thinners have become available. Each has pros and cons. SVM has developed this decision-making tool for you and your health care provider to determine which one is best for you. View the AFib Decision-Making Tool...
- Find a Physician
Search our member directory for a vascular medicine physician in your area.
- Choosing Wisely - Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question in Vascular Medicine
As part of the Choosing Wisely campaign, SVM created a list of five tests and procedures that are commonly used but are at times unnecessary or even harmful. Learn more...
Patients with suspected vascular disease may undergo further evaluation of the blood vessels using one of several advanced vascular imaging techniques. Two types of imaging—computed tomography angiography (CTA) and magnetic resonance angiography (MRA)—are non-invasive tests that can provide detailed anatomical pictures of the arteries. Occasionally, some patients are asked to undergo a minimally invasive imaging test called catheter-based angiography, which directly examines the structure of the blood vessels. Depending on the clinical scenario, arterial blockages can be opened or repaired at the time of this procedure.
All three types of these vascular imaging studies help evaluate for arterial diseases such as narrowings (blockages) of the arteries due to plaque (atherosclerosis). Blockages in the leg arteries, peripheral artery disease (PAD), can lead to pain in the extremities, especially with exertion. Narrowing of the abdominal arteries, such as renal and mesenteric arteries, can occur for a variety of reasons and cause abdominal pain, high blood pressure, or kidney disease. Carotid artery plaque and narrowing can limit blood flow to the brain, causing strokes, mini-strokes, or transient blindness. Imaging studies can help evaluate for other vascular diseases, including dilatation of vessels (aneurysms), tearing of the vessels (dissection), blood clots (thrombosis), and abnormal connections between blood vessels (arteriovenous fistulas). Your doctor can help you identify which test is appropriate for evaluation of your symptoms.
See more on the Patient Information Archive.