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...

Current Patient Information Article:

December 2016
The Swollen Leg

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Leg swelling, known as edema, is a common problem, representing more than half of new referrals to a large vascular medicine practice. Edema occurs when fluid builds up in the tissues, and it may happen suddenly or develop slowly and last for months or years. Most frequently edema is a result of harmless conditions, but occasionally it is caused by more serious underlying health problems.

When thinking about the causes of leg edema, it is helpful to divide them into causes involving both legs versus involving just one leg, as some conditions may cause swelling in one or both legs. Often, the most important clues to the cause of leg edema are in the patient’s reported history and in the physical examination, and a doctor may not need blood work or any other tests to make a diagnosis. Read the full text...

See more on the Patient Information Archive.