Vascular Clinic at International Heart Institute provides comprehensive services for all types of peripheral vascular disorders. Acting in close cooperation and collaboration with the division of Vascular Surgery at Loma Linda University, Vascular Clinic at International Heart Institute provides comprehensive services for all types of peripheral vascular disorders. We treat diseases of the vascular system (blood vessels) including peripheral artery disease, diffuse and premature atherosclerosis, venous disease, varicose veins, clotting disorders including deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, and hypercoagulable state.
About Arterial Disease
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) results from the buildup of plaque (atherosclerosis) in the arteries of the legs. For people with PAD, symptoms may be mild, requiring no treatment except modification of lifestyle (smoking cessation, diet modification, increased exercise, medications as indicated). In some people, the blockages may become more extensive, with accompanying pain and disability that limit walking. In the most advanced cases, individuals may be at risk for loss of limbs unless circulation is improved. For these patients with severe PAD, attempts to improve blood flow in the leg are usually indicated. The goals of improving blood flow to the limbs are to reduce pain, improve functional ability and quality of life, and prevent amputation.
About Venous Disease
The direct cause of varicose veins and spider veins is unhealthy valves in your veins that allow blood to flow in the wrong direction, which leads to strained and bulging veins. Pregnancy, weight gain, and the simple effects of aging can aggravate vein disease. Other factors–such as employment that requires long periods of standing or sitting–can also worsen varicose veins symptoms over time.
Varicose veins and spider veins are the two vein conditions caused by vein disease that affect the largest number of people in the US. They bring visible signs and symptoms that can cause discomfort, pain, embarrassment, and fatigue. This not only makes sufferers feel self-conscious but prevents them from living the healthy, active lives they want to live.
Vein conditions that are seemingly cosmetic are often caused by a progressive underlying vein disease that could lead to more serious conditions if left untreated. The more quickly people seek treatment, the lesser the chance of developing more symptoms and of needing even more extensive treatment. So once you understand the root cause of your vein condition, the next step is finding the right treatment.
Diagnostic Vascular Study
The Noninvasive Vascular study provides service to diagnose arterial and venous disorders throughout the vascular tree and for follow-up after revascularization procedures, such as bypass grafts and stents.
Clinic Based Services
- Endovenous Ablation (Clinic based)
Radiofrequency energy is used to create heat in the vein wall and contracts the vein wall collagen, thereby occluding the vein. The procedure has minimal bleeding or bruising and is performed in the IHI clinic.
- Revascularization (Angioplasty)
- Stent Placement
- Atherectomy (Directional or Laser)
- Intravascular Ultrasound (IVUS)
- Peripheral Bypass Graft
*In close collaboration with Vascular Surgery